What Distance Students Want

Source: http://www.petersons.com/distancelearning/articles.asp

According to a marketing study produced by Dr. Andy DiPaolo, Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Professional Development at Stanford University, distance learners are looking for the following qualities:

Real-time and time-delayed options
Well-designed, engaging, and intellectually challenging courses
Seamless, available, and reliable delivery technology
Greater emphasis on learner-centered versus teacher-centered approaches
A high level of interaction including problem-based simulations
Modularized formats instead of courses demanding large chunks of time
Participation in a learning community through interaction with instructors and fellow students
Academic advising and student support services which are convenient and easy to understand and access

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