What Matters in Judging Distance Teaching? Not How Much It’s Like a Classroom Course

February 23, 2001

Barbara B. Lockee, an assistant professor of instructional technology at Virginia Tech, is an

instructor in a graduate program on how to teach at a distance. The classes are held both face to face and — not surprisingly — at a distance. She says that trying to judge the quality of a distance course by comparing it with a traditional course is misguided.