Notes on the Readings in
Adult Learning and the Internet
Edited by Brad Cahoon

Chap 4: "Adults Learners and Internet-Based Distance Education" by Daniel V Eastmond

  • Web use increasing as we move from industrial age to information age in all aspects of life.
  • Change demands constant attention to education and training.
  • Distance ed becomes more accepted, but also not as familiar to adults.
  • Eastmond and Granger three-tiered typology:

    SEE Studies for each Type, that follow definitions pages 36-39.

    I: Internet based is interactive as opposed to television delivery which is one-way. Type I: self-directed, engender experimental learning.

    II: Limited use of print and more web use: on-line discussions, mail lists, more reflection and interaction with classmates, collaboration, peer editing.

    III: All on-line.

  • Findings:
    social and academic integration criticla to success.
    success based on budgeting of time at work, home...
    share in institution's expectations and goals.
    instruction is meaningful and relevant.
    foster deep learning approach.
    good guidance.
    support

  • Web-based offers flexibilty and is becoming more available and effective.
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