EDDL 5111
Introduction to Distributed Learning

3.0 Credits


This course is designed to provide educators (Teacher Candidates, In-service Teachers, Faculty members and trainers) with an introduction to the skills required to teach in a distributed learning environment. Participants will explore the realm of distributed learning through: discussion about learning theory and pedagogy in online environments; consideration and application of techno-logical tools to enhance the learning environment; and examination and design of assessment strategies.

Delivery Method

Online Paced.


A Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor's degree in another discipline with teaching qualifications or experience, or permission from the School of Education's Academic Director or designate.


Students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between distance learning, online learning, eLearning and distributed learning.
  • Apply learning theory and pedagogy to facilitate learning in a distributed learning environment.
  • Make decisions about the use of technology to enhance learning in distributed learning environments.
  • Design a learning activity or unit that integrates technology and pedagogy.
  • Identify current issues about integrating technology into the learning environment
  • Apply appropriate strategies for assessing learning in a distributed learning environment

Course Outline

Course topics will include:

  • What is Distributed Learning?
  • Pedagogical Underpinnings of Distributed Learning
  • Technological Tools for Learning
  • Assessment Strategies

Maximum Completion

12 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no required textbook for this course.

Additional Requirements

Computer with internet access required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% on the final mandatory examination and 70% on the overall course.

Assignment 1: Blog Postings 20%
Assignment 2: Critical Issues Paper 25%
Final Project* 55%
Total 100%


In accordance with TRU's Grading Policy ED 3-5, a student in a Graduate program who receives a B- or lower in two or more courses will be required to withdraw regardless of their grade point average unless the program recommends otherwise. Individual programs may require a higher minimum passing grade.