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Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models and Methods

Mary Burns

This month’s Educational Technology Debate was inspired by a free distance education guide, Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models and Methods.


Building on 25 years of distance learning internationally (with Interactive Radio Instruction, Interactive Audio Instruction and online learning), Education Development Center has assembled research, best practices, interviews with distance education practitioners and its own experiences to develop this valuable resource for education policymakers and planners.

Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models and Methods focuses on distance education for teacher professional development and highlights:

  • Modes of distance education—types of distance-based delivery systems and their strengths and weaknesses from print to digital gaming to online learning to mobile technologies
  • Models of distance education for teacher training programs—actual examples of various programs from each continent
  • Methods or best practices necessary to develop a high-quality distance education programs in over 100 nations and territories.

This comprehensive guide gathers research and lessons learned from numerous programs in over 100 nations and territories and unlike most distance-education books, this guide focuses less on policy and funding, and almost exclusively on building high-quality teaching and learning within a distance-based system.

With over 200 web references to existing programs and technology tools; an annotated reference section of distance-based resources; and an extensive glossary of terms and bibliography, this guide is a valuable resource for those interested in not just distance education but technology and professional development.

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