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MDE Academic Work

Page history last edited by Lisa Marie (Michalski) Blaschke 13 years, 6 months ago

I entered into the MDE experience not quite sure of what it would or could teach me, yet open to the opportunity of learning new things. My overriding goal was to obtain a masters degree, in order to gain the necessary credentials to teach in higher education. Initially, I was skeptical about what the MDE program could teach me; I had extensive business experience and had experienced firsthand the impracticality of educational theorists within corporate environments. I soon found, however, that the MDE challenged me in ways I had not expected...(Click here to read more about my MDE reflections...

OMDE690 - Capstone Project

"Everyday activities are conceptually simple. We should be able to do most things without having to think about what we're doing. The simplicity lies in the nature of the structure of the tasks."

- Donald Norman, 1988


The impact of design interaction on learner success in online learning environments, August 2004.

OMDE601 - Foundations of Distance Education

"Distance education is planned learning that normally occurs in a different place from teaching and as a result requires a special technique of course design, special instructional techniques, special methods of communication by electronic and other technology, as well as special organizational and administrative elements."

- Moore & Kearsley, 1996


UNext.com and Cardean University: A best practice distance education model in the profit-making sector, May 2000.

Industrialization: The foundation for distance education in the digitalization era, March 2000.

A definition of distance education, February 2000.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE601

OMDE602 - Distance Education Systems

“Holism stresses the whole (the system) and stresses its parts not as separate entities but as components of the whole. Knowledge of the purpose that a system serves, for instance, makes for understanding of the functions of the parts.”

- Boerje Holmberg (1995)


Tiffin and Rajasingham's case for a new educational system: Meeting Banathy's criteria, February 2003.

Components of a distance education system, April 2003.

A distance education system: The learner view, May 2003.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE602


OMDE603 - Technology in Distance Education

"Educational technology application...should be driven by our vision of education and training in the 21st century. That vision should take into account the potential of technology, but the vision should be driven by the needs of individuals and society at large, rather than by technological development per se. What technology can do - or what technology suppliers may suggest we do - may not be what we want it to do."

- A.W. (Tony) Bates, 1995


An analysis of lessons learned: What learners need in distance education support, June 2000.

The ACTIONS model and web-based learning at SAP University, July 2000.

Memo to the president: SAP University and web-based learning, July 2000.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE603


OMDE604 - Management of Distance Education

"...management's role is difficult because it is dynamic and constantly evolving. Effective managers of tomorrow must be flexible, creative, and comfortable with uncertainty and risk. The IT revolution has insured that the era of status quo conservatism is over."

- Mann & Götz, 2000


Leadership and motivation: A formula for successful change, March 2001.

Distance Learning Solutions (DLS), Inc.: Confronting the critical issues, April 2001.

New position: Director of strategic alliances in distance education, May 2001.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE604


OMDE605 - New and Emerging Media in Distance Education


Multimedia: Worth the effort? (Group work), October 2000.

Project proposal for the introduction of web-based training at Forinstance Inc., December 2000.


OMDE606 - The Economics of Distance Education

"...large-scale enterprises provide potential for economies of scale provided that initial cost structure is right and the curriculum is not expanded to levels where the numbers of students taking individualized courses fall below the break-even point at which distance education is more cost efficient than traditional courses. However, the potential for economies of scale can be overstressed...The promise of future gains is easy to make: it can be more difficult to achieve them in practice."

- Greville Rumble, 1997


The continued competitive vulnerability of distance teaching universities (DTUs), November 2003.

Integrating project management and new media into the MDE program, plus Excel spreadsheet (Group work), December 2003.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE606


OMDE607 - Instructional Design and Course Development in Distance Education

"The challenge for the design community is to understand and evaluate the different perspectives, methods and assumptions appropriate to fundamentally different contexts. The possibility of different conditions for different outcomes is completely consistent with the long-standing notion in instructional design that different types of outcomes require different instructional conditions."

- Maureen Tam, 2000


Memo to the President of XYZ Corporation, June 2003.

Welcome to Germany: Syllabus, July 2003.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE607


OMDE608 - Student Support Services in Distance Education

"The challenge for open distance learning is to find ways to become more responsive to changes, particularly changes in market demands, while staying congruent with a strong value system that places the focus on providing quality learning experiences."

- Jane Brindley, 1995


Supporting cultural diversity in online, transnational learning environments, March 2004.

Learner support for BSAC’s corporate call center training program, May 2004.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE608


OMDE621 - Training at a Distance

"The three principles of effective moderating:...1) Moderating takes place in both a professional and a social context...2) the style of 'guide on the side' (vs. 'sage on the stage') is most appropriate for leading a virtual learning community...3) online moderation is a craft that has general principles and strategies - that can be learned."

- Collison, Elbaum, Haavind, & Tinker, 2000

Executive board presentation, November 2003.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE621


OMDE622 - The Business of Distance Education

E-Learning at Floors & Fans, Inc, April 2004.

Go to: Future Trends in Distance Education


OMDE623 - Web-based Learning and Teaching and the Virtual University

"Learning is an active and evolving process...Learners must be actively engaged in integrating new information into existing knowledge structures. Since new knowledge structures can only be created by the learner, the role of the teacher is to monitor continually the learner's cognitive processes and challenge or question inappropriate or unclear perspectives."

- Garrison, D.R.


Proposal for developing an international WBT course for SAP's information developers, February 2002.

Syllabus: Information Development at SAP, March 2002.

Course evaluation: Information Development at SAP, May 2002.

Go to: Selected Bibliography for OMDE623



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