especially at the higher education level, are full of
"traditional-looking" students. They have some common characteristics.
Usually, they're in their late teens to late 20s and have a strong
are a little different. Historically, we had some general
telling us who distance learners were. For example, we knew that
telecourses (distance education via television) many of the learners
women who stayed at home during the day. However, with the advent
increased penetration of online distance education, through the
and the Web, the ability to paint a definitive picture of who distance
are has changed.
Look at the table
from the National Center for
Educational Statistics on a survey on distance education
by higher education institutions in 1995. This sample was based
on mailings to 1,274 postsecondary institutions in the US, District of
Columbia, and Puerto Rico with 1,203 returns (94% response rate).
(Note that this chart does not total to 100% because learners could
to more than one category.)
seeking skill updating or retraining
types of individuals
or characteristics, based on other studies, show that (in general),
distance education students:
You will find out more about distance education learners, including the need to conduct an audience analysis as you design courses in Destination 4: Distance Education Learners. The group that you most likely will develop distance education courses for is adult learners. Destination 2: Adult Learning provides you with some basic theory and application of adult education, as it pertains to the distance education environment.
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