This week we read about what theories or research could inform our current practice of distance learning. I really enjoyed learning about Transactional Distance. Dialogue and structure are the two variables that define it. Theresa listed Moore’s six approaches to structured online classes. I said in her blog that one of the approaches that really caught my attention was supporting learner’s motivation. Online classes are a great motivator, and make it easier for students to continue their education. Bridget mentioned the difference between physical classroom interaction and online. Structure is very important, and managing student engagement is one of the many things to consider.