Introduction to Distance Education

The Introduction to Distance Education course provides five self-paced, online, open-access modules on key topics related to successfully navigating an online learning environment. Included are tutorials on the use of Blackboard (a learning management system); time and resource management when learning online; what to expect in accommodation support and collaboration within an online community; and using online technology tools. Introduction to Distance Education will also address motivation and extending students’ online presence to support their coursework.
Primary Material Type:
Online Course
Other Material Types:
Drill and Practice, Online Course Module, Presentation, Quiz/Test, Simulation, Tutorial, Assessment Tool
Kenai Peninsula College/ University of Alaska
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Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Architectural Design firms USKH; Harvey H. Hightower, Architect; DOWL HKM; and UMIAQ
Industry Sector:
Developmental Education
All Occupations (00-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Credit Type:
  • None
Credential Type:
  • None
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
3 hours
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Note:
The modules in this course were subjected to four formal reviews: two by non-course related instructional design professionals, one by a non-author grant personnel and one by a single reviewer external to the grant.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • SME Quality Report is posted in Skills Commons
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Other Rubric
Course Note:
Introduction to Distance Education


Accessibility Features:
  • Text Access - Text to Speech
  • Text Adjust - Compatible
  • Text Adjustment - Adjust Font and Colors
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Layout - Page numbers match printed material
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Order - Digital resource layout
  • Structural Markup - Navigation Text
  • Structural Markup - Lists
  • Structural Markup - eReader application
  • Table Markup
  • Hyperlinks Rendered As Active
  • Colors Compatible With Assistive Technology
  • Contrast Ratio of at Least 4.5:1.
  • Language - Markup
  • Language - Passage Markup
  • Non-Decorative Images Have Alt Text
  • Decorative Images Marked With Null Alt Text
  • Complex Images, Charts, and Graphs Have Text Descriptions
  • Synchronized Text Track
  • Transcript Provided With Audio Content
  • Audio/Video Delivered Via Media Player
  • Non Flickering Content
  • STEM Content (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry) Markup
  • STEM - Notation markup
  • Interactive - Keyboard
  • Interactive - Markup
  • Interactive - Text prompts

Copyright / Licensing

Primary License:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.