This first core course in Athabasca University's Master of Distance Education program is required for all program students. It provides students with an overview of the field, addressing issues such as: what distance education is; where it came from; whom it serves; how it serves; and what its major problems are. It provides descriptions and examples of what distance education is and how it works, and encourages students to critically analyze and question both current practice and rhetoric in the field.
MDDE 603 introduces systems, systems analysis, and learning theory. It also explores the contributions of various areas of psychology, including behaviorism and cognitive psychology, culminating in an examination of instructional systems design and constructivist models of instruction.