The McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning: A ``How to Get Started Guide'' for Trainers and Human Resources Professionals

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Written by the practicing experts in the field, the McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning offers a comprehensive answer to the question of how to bring distance learning to your company or organization. It gives you all the information you need, from tips on getting buy-in support from all stakeholders to choosing the most appropriate technologies for your training and educational delivery needs, and providing necessary support for your distance learners. By using distance learning systems, trainers and educators are delivering more training to more people on more subjects with higher impact and effectiveness, and in a much more cost-effective way, than ever before. The decision to implement distance learning is a powerful step toward having a sure advantage over your competitors. Countless organizations that have successfully implemented distance learning programs report that distance learning can be a powerful step toward achieving cost benefits and productivity improvements. Now, you can learn from the examples of other successes, and avoid the expensive mistakes some organizations have made. Whether you work in business, higher education, or for the government, whether you are a trainer, human resources professional, or teacher, the McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning will show you how to increase the impact and productivity of dollars invested in training and education programs.

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Bring cutting-edge learning to your organization. Successful distance learning programs don't just happen; they're the result of thoughtful and informed planning and implementation. The McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning is a comprehensive reference guide to the complex issues involved in planning and implementing a distance learning program for your organization. Whether you are responsible for convincing management to fund a distance learning pilot program, implementing a complete distance learning solution, or helping trainers and users adapt to a new distance learning system, the Handbook will be your best advisor. Written by practicing experts in the field, The McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning offers a comprehensive answer to the question of how to bring distance learning to your organization. The Handbook will teach you step-by-step how to: cut your training costs significantly; determine your needs up front; make sound decisions about which competing technology to adopt; design effective distance learning and supporting materials; keep the focus on training content and quality, not on the technology delivering it; create a cross-functional team for recommending the best approach to distance learning for your organization; assess the costs involved and get financial backing from management; adapt existing programs to a distance learning format; effectively use videoconferencing, audio-conferencing, the Internet, etc.; plan and design distance learning facilities. If your organization is ready to implement distance learning, The McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning is the resource you need to make it happen.

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Alan Chute, Ph.D., is the chief learning strategist and director of the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Lucent Technologies, the worldwide leader in innovative communication equipment. Dr. Chute developed the AT&T National Teletraining Center and Teletraining Networks, which won the 10-Year Distinguished Service to the Industry award from the United States Distance Learning Association. With over twenty-five years of professional experience in distance learning, Dr. Chute has authored more than fifty articles on a range of subjects, including advanced learning systems, reengineering the training organization, and the future of distance learning. He has also taught at the university level and was director of a statewide medical distance learning program. Melody Thompson, D.Ed., is the Assistant Director of Penn StateÕs World Campus, the University new unit for delivering programs to distance learners around the world. She is also an Assistant Professor of Adult Education, teaching graduate-level courses in distance learning and adult education. Dr. Thompson has written and co-authored many articles, book chapters, and publications on distance learning, the history of adult education, and diversity issues in education and was previously a writer and editor for The American Journal of Distance Education. Burton Hancock, Ph.D., is Director of the Nationwide Insurance Performance Improvement Organization with responsibility for the training of more than 20,000 property casualty company employees and agents. A former senior manager at Ernst & Young, he led the training effort for their business process reengineering. He also worked for AT&T, where he developed computer-based training and on-line testing and performance support tools.

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