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Fall 1998 - Volume I, Number 3
Faculty play an essential role in the implementation of distance education and technological change. However, despite the recent expansion of distance education programs across the United States, research indicates that many faculty resist participation in distance education. Recognizing that faculty are an essential part of any distance education program, an institutional study was conducted at The George Washington University, Washington, DC, in spring 1998 to identify factors that influence faculty to participate in distance education . . .
Online learning is in its infancy. As pioneers struggle with new technologies and new practises, the discipline evolves almost daily. An online course that was considered state of the art twelve months ago is today considered to be out of date. Technology employed only by early adopters last fall is this summer in wide circulation and in danger of becoming obsolete by the fall semester. Yet despite the rapid change, trends may be identified, trends which point to the future of online learning . . .
Although there are many colleges and universities that have offered distance learning programs for years, there is a rapidly growing need to provide instruction and services to learners anytime anywhere in a virtual environment. Providing a distance learner with academic services through telecommunications mediums should give the distance learner the same advantages and privileges that a traditional on-campus learner has always received . . .
The top-down pressures that are mandating the delivery of web-based distance education courses are creating a problem because the responsibility for developing and delivering these courses is bottom-up and has fallen on the shoulders of unprepared University faculty members. In response to the political and market-place pressures, institutions must find a way to train and encourage more faculty to develop web-based courses. . .
Nursing education and nursing educators, regardless of the setting, suffer from a common resource deficit, namely time. There are enormous resources available in print and electronic formats, but apparently no easy ways to harness those resources quickly. This paper presents a strategy and a template to facilitate the rapid population of any nursing concept with resources . . .