ERIC Number: ED294558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Assisted Learning or Communications: Which Way for Information Technology in Distance Education? Information Technology Paper No. 250.
Two uses of computers for teaching in distance education are compared and contrasted: systems based on structured, pre-programmed learning materials, or computer-assisted learning, where the learner communicates as if with the computer; and systems based on the communications functions of computers, or computer-mediated communications systems using electronic mail, conferencing, and databases to facilitate communication between teachers and students. It is argued that the two systems represent quite different educational philosophies, and for distance teaching at a higher education level, the communications mode offers a more appropriate, humanistic, and pragmatic route for further development. One figure supplements the text. (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.