ERIC Number: ED224431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Distance Education Systems: How to Assess Them.
Gough, J. E.
Perspectives on accountability in distance education, which began in Australia in 1911 at Queensland University, are considered. It is suggested that to be effective, distance education needs a sound philosophical basis; appropriate organizational structure; adequate resource allocation; specialized educational techniques and student access; production of effective learning materials; an efficient course delivery system, including a student support system; staff development programs; and evaluative and monitoring procedures. Each component of a distance education system needs careful examination. The following questions must be considered: how does the institution perceive and articulate its role in terms of students admitted, what is taught and by whom, and teaching methods; how much does the institution invest in its distance education system, and what priority does it accord the system; how well articulated is the distance education system with the rest of the institution; what provisions are made for the design and development of new courses; are materials produced in a format that facilitates student usage and that is appropriate to the subject, level of the course, and the updating requirements; has an efficient system been devised for mailing materials, processing assignments, dealing with student inquiries, arranging tutorials, and updating files; and what kind of formal evaluation program does the institution have? (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Programs, College Role, Delivery Systems, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Nontraditional Education, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Student College Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Distance Education