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- Reports -
Distance Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions: 2000-2001,
a report prepared by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education
Statistics, July 2003.
Distance Education at Postsecondary Institutions: 1997-98, a report prepared by the
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2000/2000013.pdf (Adobe PDF Reader required)
Distance Education in Higher Education Institutions, a report
prepared by the
The "No Significant Difference Phenomenon" reflects
a bibliographical database of research comparing traditional classroom-based
and distance education approaches to instruction. This site builds on the 1999
book compiled by Thomas Russell. It also includes research that does
demonstrate significant differences.
Report of the Web-Based Education Commission, The Power of
the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice, December 2000.
What's the Difference? A Review of Contemporary Research on the Effectiveness of Distance Learning in Higher Education is a report prepared by the Institute for Higher Education Policy for the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, April 1999.
http://www.ihep.com/Pubs/PDF/Difference.pdf (Adobe PDF Reader required)
- Quality Standards and Guidelines -
Distance Education Guidelines for Good Practice, American Federation of Teachers, May 2000.
http://www.aft.org/higher_ed/downloadable/distance.pdf (Adobe PDF Reader required)
Statement of Commitment by the Regional Accrediting Commissions for the Evaluation of Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs and Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs
Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Academic Degree
and Certificate Programs, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications.
Quality On the Line: Benchmarks for Success in Internet-Based Distance Education, a report prepared by the Institute for Higher Education Policy commissioned by the National Education Association and Blackboard,
http://www.ihep.com/Pubs/PDF/Quality.pdf (Adobe PDF Reader required)
Core Academic Values, Quality and Regional Accreditation: The Challenge of Distance Learning, CHEA Monograph Series 2000. Written by Judith Eaton of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Distance Learning: Academic and Political Challenges for Higher Education, CHEA Monograph Series 2001, number 1. Written by Judith Eaton of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
http://www.chea.org/Research/distance-learning/chea_dis_learning.pdf (Adobe PDF Reader required)
Accreditation in the United States. The Department of Education recognizes accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and the higher education programs they accredit. An overview of accreditation and a list of recognized agencies is available on the Department of Education web site.
- Databases and Portals -
Peterson's: The Distance Learning Channel contains a searchable database of distance learning courses, programs and technical degrees and certificates.
MindEdge is a resource for personal development, distance learning, continuing education, on-campus and corporate training courses. The database is searchable by school, by category, by type of offering and by key word.
Sloan ALN Consortium Catalog is a compilation of online degree and certification programs offered by Sloan Consortium member institutions. The database is searchable by discipline, by type of degree or certification, or by educational institution.
Southern Regional Electronic Campus (
MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Education. A free and open resource of "educational objects" - multimedia resources that faculty can adapt for use in their instruction.
Statewide Virtual Networks. The Instructional Telecommunications Council has compiled a list of statewide virtual networks with links to each networks' web site. Individual web site contain information on distance education courses, degree programs and member institutions.
- Publications -
Chronicle of Higher Education has a Web site with special sections on information technology and distance education.
The Distance Learner's Guide (Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications) is designed to help student understand how to be informed consumers of electronically mediated learning. The publisher, Prentice Hall, has set up a companion web site.
EduCause Review (formerly Educom Review) is a practitioner's
journal (available in print and online) for college and university managers
and users of information resources.
EduCause Quarterly (formerly CAUSE/EFFECT) is a bimonthly
magazine (available in print and online) that explores developments in information
technology and education. Also covered are related issues in management, planning,
law, and policy.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is a quarterly
journal published electronically by the Indiana University School of Library & Information Science and School of Informatics.
Journal of Interactive Media in Education (
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on distance education management from the State University of West Georgia.
The Technology Source is a bimonthly electronic magazine for faculty and educational leaders focusing on how to use technological tools to enhance teaching, learning, and effective administration.