Subject: Survey on Barriers to Distance Education
- Subject: Survey on Barriers to Distance Education
This message came to me in email, so I thought I'd pass it on to you.
This message is for anyone who believes barriers exist to
learning at a distance. Even if you have never taken a course
online, or even if your organization is not presently involved in
distance learning, please read on!
As I identify and try to make sense of barriers to
distance education it has become clear that a "laundry-list" of
obstacles to learning at a distance is only a first step. By
itself, listing dozens of obstacles is not very useful for most
educators and trainers.
I think there is value in identifying the most common
barriers. These appear to depend upon the stage or level of
experience that the individual learner has developed regarding
distance education. Therefore, I think responses are important
from persons who are currently learning online and from those who
have never taken an online course. The barriers perceived by an
individual may also depend upon the type of organization he/she
works in, or other demographical and situational variables that
are explored in this survey.
I invite your assistance in further data gathering by
completing the survey located at:
Field testing found that most people completed the survey
in less than 20 minutes. If you provide your accurate email
address on the survey where indicated, I will notify you of
I would also appreciate your distributing this call for
participation widely to students or mailing lists to which you
subscribe/own where students are found. If you are a teacher,
this survey is not for you individually (unless you are also a
student). But if you could distribute it to students, that would
be greatly appreciated.
Zane Berge, Ph.D.