ERIC Number: ED279316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-19
Reference Count: 0
Issues for Attention. A Summary of Written Contributions from Participants at the Final Plenary Session of the World Conference of the International Council for Distance Education (13th, Melbourne, Australia, August 13-20, 1985).
Burge, Elizabeth J.
This summary of the written responses of participants in the Plenary Session of the 1985 World Conference of the International Council for Distance Education begins with a review of the session's specific goals: (1) to present selected ideas and arguments from two perspectives--a traditional pedagogical one and an open, andragogical one; allow participants to articulate their own personal perspective; and (3) given this perspective, to enable each participant to list one or two issues demanding attention. The key issues that emerged as a result of 234 returned lists are summarized under six themes: (1) the definition and enhancement of the identity of distance education as a field of education; (2) the integration of different types of programs, including credit and non-credit education and training, and enrichment and job training courses; (3) growth in the provision of access and resources; (4) learner-centeredness, i.e., meeting the needs of learners through more flexible education structures and freedom to work more independently with learners in course selection; (5) flexibility in dealing with administrative issues and in the design of learning; and (6) assessment of the use of technology, success in learning, and general acceptability of distance mode qualifications. (DJR)
Descriptors: Credit Courses, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Resources, Global Approach, Integrated Curriculum, International Organizations, Job Training, Noncredit Courses, Perspective Taking, Student Needs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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