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A Few Attributes of Effective Print Based Distance Modules, C. R. Wright Ju2010

A Few Attributes of Effective Print Based Distance Modules, C. R. Wright Ju2010

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In many parts of the developing or emerging world, access to computers and the internet are limited. Thus, print-based modules are still essential for the delivery of distance education. This document provides an overview of several attributes of effective print-based distance modules. Actually, it is a synopsis of the 170-page handout that I use during intensive workshops I give to educators in countries such as Bangladesh, Botswana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and The Gambia. Note that effective modules include various aspects of behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism to yield engaging learning activities that are related to a learner's current or future life.

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In many parts of the developing or emerging world, access to computers and the internet are limited. Thus, print-based modules are still essential for the delivery of distance education. This document provides an overview of several attributes of effective print-based distance modules. Actually, it is a synopsis of the 170-page handout that I use during intensive workshops I give to educators in countries such as Bangladesh, Botswana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and The Gambia. Note that effective modules include various aspects of behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism to yield engaging learning activities that are related to a learner's current or future life.

If you use a portion of the document or adapt it, please inform the author so that he can improve the questionnaire.

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A Few Attributes of Effective Print-Based Distance Modules
Clayton R. Wright
crwr77[at]gmail.com, July 2010
The
module cover 
is attractive and provides basic information such as the moduletitle, the course or program it is part of, the logo of the institution, and the date of publication.
The acknowledgement provides
 joint recognition
of the contribution of all thoseinvolved in the design, development, and review of the module and their qualifications and affiliations. Thus, the creditability of the module is firmlyestablished.
An
overview
or introduction describes the following module components: learningobjectives (which are achievable and do not use vague words, such as “understand”),key words, abbreviations/acronyms, instructional text, summaries, and unit exercises.
The overview indicates
why
learners should complete the module and how thecontent is related to their present or future lives. An effective overview motivates or inspires the learners. Modules that cover an important social topic (e.g., HIV andAIDS or domestic violence) explain in a forceful but encouraging manner why peopleshould know about the disease or situation.
Instructors’
expectations
of the learners are clearly identified, including the activitiesor assignments they must complete, when they are due, and how they will beevaluated. Assessments of learners are valid, relevant, reliable, and feasible.
Required resources
are specified and, if necessary, students are told how to obtainthem.
An interactive conversational
tone
is used, as if the writer were speaking directly tothe learner. This is a key feature of effective distance study modules.
Module content is written in the active
voice
.
The
language
is adjusted to the educational level of the intended audience. Thesubject matter covered should be challenging, but the language used should notinterfere with the learning process. The language used should be aimed at a levelthat is slightly lower than the educational level of the intended audience.
Numbers
are used to list steps in a procedure; bullets are used for items that are notprioritized.
Sentences
are no longer than two lines, thus aiding comprehension.
A
glossary
explains key words that are highlighted in the body of the module.
Modules contain
drawings
, photographs, and other illustrations that help studentslearn concepts and procedures. Often, simple line drawings are most helpful.

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