ERIC Number: ED254201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The State of Distance-Learning Worldwide. The First Report on the Index of Institutions Involved in Distance-Learning.
A survey of distance-learning institutions in 88 countries was conducted in 1983 to discover whether a network of such institutions existed that would allow the international sharing of educational programs under the sponsorship of the United Nations University (UNU). Findings are based on responses from 304 institutions (33%), cover 468 different programs, and are categorized by geographical region as follows: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe (East), Europe (West), Middle East, North America, and South and Central America. Data tables show how institutions were founded; the distribution of numbers of students by size of institution; the level of programs and subjects offered; methods of transmission such as correspondence, telephone, and regional services; languages used; and fees charged. Four examples of distance learning institutions include short descriptions of programs in Thailand, Spain, Australia, and Pakistan. Appendices contain the survey questionnaire, a list of the countries receiving and responding to the questionnaire, additional data from replies received after the study cut-off date, and a response from a network user. Fifteen tables display study data. This study was conducted as a preliminary to consideration of the use of distance-learning in the development of UNU's new program, Global Learning. (LMM)
Descriptors: Correspondence Study, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Enrollment, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Institutional Characteristics, Networks, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, Student Costs
International Centre for Distance Learning, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK MK7 6AA. (2.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Centre for Distance Learning of the United Nations Univ., Milton Keynes (England).
Identifiers: Australia; Pakistan; Spain; Thailand
Note: Prepared for the International Centre for Distance Learning of the United Nations University.