Rarely are character development-related aims espoused by higher education reflected in the design and delivery of distance education programs. Further, literature exploring the character development aspects of distance education is sparse. This study finds that the instructor and students in a fantasy literature distance course perceived myriad kinds of character development related to performance, moral, relational, and spiritual character traits and strengths. This paper considers implications for character development in distance education and directions for future research.
Johnson, Michael C.; Osguthorpe, Richard; and Williams, David D.. (2010). "The Phenomenon of Character Development in a Distance Education Course". Journal of College and Character, 11(1), 1-16.