A synthesis of evaluations of distance education courses

David Kember, Tammy Lai, David Murphy, Irene Siaw, K. S. Yuen

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Distance education courses are offered in a wide variety of formats. A range of media is available, and mechanisms for and levels of study and administrative support vary widely between courses. When new courses are established there is a wealth of experience to draw upon but little, if any, guidance on how to choose between the plethora of potential course formats. This article suggests that synthesising guidelines from evaluations of a selection of courses can help in drawing conclusions as to how courses are best formatted for given situations. As a case study, seven Hong Kong distance education courses with a variety of features were evaluated. Conclusions were synthesized—about the provision of tutorials, group activities, inter‐student contact, telephone counselling and the use of video and television broadcasting—which could not have been reached from either evaluating one course alone or by examining existing literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-135
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1992


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