The future of distance education : reformed, scrapped or recycled

Evans, Terry and Pauling, Brian 2010, The future of distance education : reformed, scrapped or recycled, in An introduction to distance education : understanding teaching and learning in a new era, Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp.198-223.

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Title The future of distance education : reformed, scrapped or recycled
Author(s) Evans, Terry
Pauling, Brian
Title of book An introduction to distance education : understanding teaching and learning in a new era
Editor(s) Cleveland-Innes, M. F.
Garrison, D. R.
Publication date 2010
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 12
Start page 198
End page 223
Total pages 26
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) Distance Education
Higher Education
ICT in education
Summary A mass of under-educated people, an expanding population, major global crises and an expanding knowledge economy all combine to sustain a massive demand for basic, further, higher, continuing and lifelong education.This demand cannot be met solely in the world’s classrooms; even if there were enough classrooms, many people will be unwilling or unable to attend them to learn. In this sense, distance education is essential for the future, but the fluidity around educational terms and practices means that it is also quite possible that ‘distance education’—the term and its history—will be towed to the scrap yard for many of its useful parts to be recycled. This chapter considers three key elements of distance education—technology, students and educational institutions—and the educational possibilities that surround them by reflection on past and present changes. The future of distance education is intimately connected to broader social, economic and cultural changes. These changes are strongly influenced by the ‘disruptive’ technologies, demographic transformations in the nature of distance learners and the pressures of global techno-capitalism on educational institutions.
ISBN 0415995981
9780415995986
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029170

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