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Recommended Citation: Kah, M M O and R Papp.  Distributed Learning: What Makes for a Successful Course?  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §242.

Distributed Learning: What Makes for a Successful Course?

Muhammadou M.O. Kah    [a1] [a2]
School of Business-Camden
Rutgers University    [u1] [u2]
Camden, New Jersey, USA    [c1] [c2]

Raymond Papp    [a1] [a2]
Lender School of Business
Quinnipiac University    [u1] [u2]
Hamden, Connecticut, USA    [c1] [c2]

Distributed learning presents universities and colleges with the ability to expand their reach into new markets and stay competitive and relevant in this dynamic information-based global economy. Through the effective use of distributed learning tools, location and cost are no longer barriers to earning a degree and will enable universities and colleges to reach working adults, international students, as well as the traditional undergraduate student market. This paper focuses on the evolving transformation of distance learning models to technology based distributed learning modes. While each institution has its own mission and goal for distance learning and distributed learning, there are certain things that need to be considered while developing or implementing a curriculum that involves education at a distance. This paper explores distance learning from a macro perspective and suggests some critical success factors that will aid faculty and institutions in distance/distributed learning development. The authors will also share some of their experiences.

Keywords: distributed learning, distance learning, critical success factors, development models, pedagogical implications

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