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From Teaching to Learning: Transition in Distance Education

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida is among those progressive institutions that are attempting to improve their distance education programs by creating a more student-centered environment. NSU offers master's- and doctoral-level distance education programs in computer science, information systems, information science, and computing technology in education. The computer-based learning software used by NSU is designed to work on a technological platform that represents the least common denominator between NSU and students' homes and/or workplaces. The software used by NSU runs the gamut from completely asynchronous to totally interactive. The most widely used interactive software, the Electronic Classroom, was developed and copyrighted by NSU in 1986 and is designed to emulate a blackboard session conducted by a professor with students having the ability to ask questions. NSU has also developed an electronic library that interacts with NSU's Einstein Library and other libraries/databases throughout the world. Among the other tools developed by NSU's distance educators are the following: World Wide Web home pages to provide asynchronous learning environments, programming language compilers, and an electronic mail system. NSU is hoping that lower costs and increasing capabilities of hardware and communications technology will lead directly to the development and use of audio, graphics, and full-motion video programs for distance learners. (MN)


Terrell, S. (1996). From Teaching to Learning: Transition in Distance Education. Presented at Intercom 96 1996. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from .

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