ERIC Number: ED231250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-31
Reference Count: 0
Study Centres in Distance Education. Report to the Tertiary Education Commission on the Use of Study Centres in Four Distance Education Systems.
Gough, J. E.
The use and effectiveness of study centers and study center networks as a support system in distance education were investigated, based on interviews with students, tutors, and coordinators of four Australian distance education systems. The investigation of study centers at the University of Queensland, the Riverina College of Advanced Education, the Victorian TAFE Off Campus Network, and Deakin University gathered information about each institution's distance education philosophies and practices, as well as students views and needs. In addition, differences in study centers by state (Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria) were assessed. Profiles of selected study centers and a model of study centers were developed. In addition, the possibility of more extensive networks of study centers was analyzed. Although there were considerable differences between study centers, there were marked similarities in patterns of student usage. Support services used in distance education in various parts of the world were also reviewed, including Britain's Open University study center network and variations of the Open University theme. Attention was directed to the British tutor-counsellor system, the American mentor system, contract learning, self-help or study groups, and the use of technology. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Comparative Education, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Foreign Countries, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Learning Resources Centers, Nontraditional Education, Off Campus Facilities, Open Universities, Student Personnel Services
Deakin University, Geelong, 3217, Victoria, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Deakin University (Australia); Open University (Great Britain); Riverina College of Advanced Education (Australia); University of Queensland (Australia); Victorian TAFE Off Campus Network (Australia)