This book is appropriate for any distance learning course or any course on technology where on-line learning is covered. This one-stop reference provides everything the distance learner or prospective distance learner needs to be effective in the on-line learning environment. From defining distance learning to overcoming personal barriers to success in distance learning, this book deals with each and every issue students of any age, stage or situation are likely to encounter. Once a student's first DL class is over, this book will remain a valuable reference for all other choices and options for the continuing DL student. The authors combine the most well-rounded team of distance learning experience available from some of the first on-line pioneers to others who have worked for years with more traditional DL students. The Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications is a membership-based organization open to providers and users of educational telecommunications. The more than 190 members come from the higher education community, non-profit organizations, K-12 schools and corporations located in 37 states, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Norway. Established in 1989 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), the Western Cooperative serves as: — a central clearinghouse for information and contacts; — an advocate for effective policies on telecommunications and educational technology; — a leader in promoting and facilitating multi-state projects; and — an evaluator and researcher on education uses of telecommunications and information technologies.