It’s inevitable that the language in any given field will change over time to reflect the shifting and refining of meanings. This has, of course, been true in the distance education field. Without the evolution of language, we would likely still be shoehorning the variety of our endeavors into the outdated and inappropriate term “correspondence school.”
Faculty development is a continual concern for most institutions, not least of which are those who offer distance learning programs. Financial pressures on these institutions mean that getting the most bang for one’s training buck is of paramount importance. Writing in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Katrina Meyer, professor of higher education at the University of Memphis, details a study that examines how 39 institutions of higher education think about their faculty development efforts for online instructors.