Journal of Computing in Higher Education

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 98–120 | Cite as

A model for assessing distance learning instruction

  • Vicki L. Cohen


AS MORE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION offer computer-mediated distance learning instruction, courses must be well-designed and frequently evaluated. This article proposes a model for assessing distance learning instruction based on six constructs: The Process of Teaching and Learning, Developing a Community of Learners, The Instructor, The Student, Implementation of the Course, and Technology Use. This paper examines each construct by reviewing the research in the field and makes recommendations for their design and evaluation. It is proposed that computer-mediated distance learning instruction be grounded in time-tested and research-based theories of learning to ensure that students receive high quality instruction.


distance education distance education and assessment distance learning computer-mediated instruction assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationFairleigh Dickinson UniversityUSA

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