ERIC Number: ED285574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
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Purpose and Practice of Home Study in the 1990's.
Moore, Michael G.
This overview of distance education in the present and future begins by defining the concept of home study and briefly tracing its history from the 19th century to the present. Several distance education institutions around the world are mentioned, including Great Britain's Open University. In the United States, the work of the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting project and the growth of networks and consortia of institutions for delivering distance education are identified as important recent developments. The impact of new technologies and the growing need for lifelong education are noted, and it is suggested that home study programs at the local, state, and national levels will develop in response to changing needs. Characteristics of the media available for distance education and ways in which they can be used are outlined; however, it is predicted that the printed word--the study guide and correspondence assignment--will remain the most important medium for home study. Elements of good design for course and printed materials are discussed in the contexts of structure, self-sufficiency, "personality" (the ability to give students a sense of excitement), and the provision of space for students to explore more widely outside the course and to use their own experience. The provision of support and counseling services for distance learners is also considered. A review of the current state of research in the field together with educational and research goals for the future concludes the paper. (MES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Home Study Council Correspondence Education Workshop (Notre Dame, IN, October 7-9, 1986).