Vocational education and training at a distance : transformation to flexible delivery

Smith, Peter J. 2008, Vocational education and training at a distance : transformation to flexible delivery, in International handbook of distance education, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, England, pp.185-202.

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Title Vocational education and training at a distance : transformation to flexible delivery
Author(s) Smith, Peter J.
Title of book International handbook of distance education
Editor(s) Evans,Terry
Haughey, Margaret
Murphy, David
Publication date 2008
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 46
Start page 185
End page 202
Total pages 18
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of Publication Bingley, England
Summary This chapter will explore the position that distance education has held in the past in Australian vocational education and training (VET) and how that position has developed and transformed over the past couple of decades. It is argued here that after a period of VET provision through distance education that was largely based around an earlier centralised model, VET was early to recognise the potential that new technologies in distance education had for VET learners and learning. Concurrently there was recognition of the substantial limitations a centralised model of distance education posed for new demands on VET. Economic imperatives also contributed to what became a revolution in VET and its delivery to learners.
The chapter identifies these developments and the factors that have contributed to them, and tracks the transition of Australian VET distance education as it transformed away from centralised distance education provision towards its more recent forms of locally provided flexible delivery and blended learning.

ISBN 9780080447179
Edition 1st
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016925

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Education
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