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In 2002, Educational Leadership distance education students at Ball State University were surveyed (Sharp&Cox, 2003). In 2004 distance education classes from Ball State University and the University of South Carolina were given the same survey. The purpose was to see if there were any different points of view between the studio groups and the groups at the remote sites and whether there were any changes in opinion between the 2002 and the 2004 survey. All 360 students in the 8 classes completed the survey in 2004. There was a substantial increase in the participation of students in distance education classes between 2002 and 2004. Students also become more accepting of the call-in features utilized in these classes. Students viewed attendance taking as less necessary in 2004. Less than 2% of the students in each survey thought the technology was a big problem and males and females participated equally in the distance education problem in both surveys. The overwhelming reason for taking distance education continued to be convenience.
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As technology expands the professional development available outside the traditional classroom, it isimportant that educational executives consider the role of distance education in the development of school leaders. The studentpopulation has changed with many older adults, particularly school administrators attending universities and urging the universitiesto provide instruction in more convenient ways. More districts are seeking to develop leadership in their districts through customizedleadership programs.“Working adults want education delivered direct to them, at home or the workplace…. Preparation may be weaker than among conventional students; motivation may bestronger”(Jones&Pritchard, 1999, p. 56).

These new methods of delivery include television and the Internet, both of which allow students to accesscoursework miles from the traditional campus classroom. Instruction will have to change and assignments will need to be more tailoredto a population that is not on campus. College instructors will increasingly encounter classes that are much larger than thetraditional graduate level class. Decisions regarding which courses are selected for distance education need to be carefullyconsidered. As Lamb and Smith (2000) pointed out,“The distance education environment tends to exaggerate both the positive and thenegative aspects of all the elements of instruction”(p. 13). Kelly (1990) noted that instructors must develop new skills for distanceeducation teaching in the areas of timing, teaching methods, feedback from students at remote sites, and the evaluation ofstudents.

Stammen (2001) noted that technologies in and of themselves do not change the nature of leadership but the wayeducators use the technology does. The new technology requires instructors to re-consider and develop additional learner centeredenvironments. To make learning happen instructors need to understand both how to work the content and how the technology isimpacting their instruction. Some are skeptical of university motives noting the prospect of not having to build new facilitiesto accommodate more students has great economic appeal (Weigel, 2000). Regardless, the opportunity to improve the instruction andavailability through the new technology is here to stay.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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