Turning Traditional Courses Into Distance Education

Instructional designers translate professors' teaching styles into electronic content

Not long ago, a professor of adult education told Ann T. Luck that he asks students in his classes to break into small groups when they have a topic to discuss. He likes to walk from group to group, taking part in the discussions, before returning to the front of the classroom to lecture.

For an instructor, that's a simple tactic. It was Ms. Luck's job to let him do the same thing in his online