ERIC Number: ED389925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Personal Computers for Distance Education. The Study of an Educational Innovation.
Jones, Ann; And Others
This book examines the effects of a 1988 policy decision of the British Open University (OU) requiring all distance learners to acquire a personal computer (PC) on their own and use it to conduct their distance education as OU students. The following topics are discussed in the book's nine chapters: potential, history, and development of computers as educational tools; motivations and processes of adult learning; student computing at the OU (open learning and open access, media technologies in the OU system, uses of PCs by OU students); students' social and physical context (computers for study and leisure at home and elsewhere, interactions between learners); issues of access and equal opportunities (computers as barriers/aids to access, students with disabilities, demographic characteristics of distance education students using PCs); methods/models for teaching practical computing work in distance education (learning to use word processors and text editors, conceptual and mental models); institutional support for home-based computing (supporting students, tutorial staff, course writers, distance learners); the process of institutional change (political and economic context of the 1980s, innovations adopted/not adopted, change agents); and issues for the future (considerations for introducing PCs into hypermedia, CD-ROM, and collaborative learning). The bibliography lists 193 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Microcomputers, Open Universities, School Role, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers: Open University (Great Britain)