Resources for Distance Education

Various glossaries of distance education terms:

MERLOT
A collection of instructional materials representing a variety of disciplines. These materials are available for use and include peer review annotations. There is no warranty or implied guarantee of quality and users need to be diligent in the review and selection of materials.

The Gateway to Educational Materials, Department of Education
A collection of links (organized by topic) to instructional materials that are freely available, available with some limitations, or fee based. These materials reside on federal, state, university, non-profit, or commercial sites. Users may also submit materials to The Gateway for inclusion.

Virtual Field Trips
This site covers a wide range of virtual destinations, such as zoos and aquariums, science sites, museums and centers for the arts, and a variety of international sites. By the Monroe County Intermediate School District in Monroe, Michigan.

Overview of distance education research
A brief overview of common questions addressed in research on distance education and a cited list of findings, many of which are considered best practices.

Web style guide
While this extensive site addresses best practice for web site design, many of the concepts presented apply to the design and creation of content to be used in a web-based course.

World Lecture Hall
A searchable database of links to courses in a variety of disciplines from different institutions. Users may search by topic or academic area and contribute courses to be included. There is no warranty or implied guarantee of quality, and users need to be diligent in the review and selection of materials.

Citing Internet Resources, University of California at Berkeley Libraries
A tutorial on citing online resources using MLA, Chicago, APA, CBE, or Turabian styles.

Electronic access to libraries in Texas, LibDex
Links to all academic, government, hospital, K-12, law, medical, museum, public, religious, and special libraries in the state of Texas. Other states may be located by conducting a new search of the site.

Microsoft Office Products
The following tipsheets outline steps required to perform basic functions of the following Microsoft Office products. These tipsheets include screen shots and may be printed out.

  • Word, University of Texas at Austin
  • Excel, University of Texas at Austin
  • PowerPoint, University of Texas at Austin

Netiquette, Albion.com and Seth Ross
Core rules of netiquette are excerpted from Virginia Shea's book, Netiquette. Rules presented here address the basics for getting along with others in cyberspace.

Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster

Tools for marking student papers, OnlineLearning.net
Description of the most popular features of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat for marking student papers.

MLA style electronic formats

APA style electronic formats

Conducting a web search
A guide to Web search engines and how to use them effectively, by Terry A. Gray at Palomar College.

Evaluating Web sources
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, or Why It's A Good Idea to Evaluate Internet Sources" by Susan E. Beck, Head of the Reference and Research Services Department at New Mexico State University.