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Title

Computerized Distance Education: The Role for Facilitators

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1994

Induction Class Year

2000

Abstract

Many adults are constrained in their study efforts by various work, family, or social obligations that limit their abilities to be successful in traditional educational settings. Computer mediated conferencing (CMC) is a promising approach for non-traditional, distance learning. A growing body of scholarship indicates that the approach is a suitable means for educational delivery, but several questions remain regarding appropriate facilitator role, training requirements for those who use the approach, and associated instructional limitations. This article provides a rationale for using CMC, describes how CMC has been used, provides information on instructional implications, and suggests some future research needs.

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