ERIC Number: ED296854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
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Some Potentials and Limitations of Technology in Serving Rural Postsecondary Learners.
This paper examines the potential impact of technology on postsecondary rural education, based on the experiences of people currently using technological delivery systems. Migration and economic dislocation of rural communities increases the need for educational services, while state resources generally have decreased. Technological solutions to providing distance education to rural adult learners has become increasingly attractive. Technology, which has reshaped the rural economy, can have the same affect on the structure and content of rural education. But the parameters of this reshaping are still undefined. High technology could be oriented toward a select group of highly motivated remote learners, or toward a variety of educational and training needs within the rural community. Technology can deliver instruction, but the context in which that instruction takes place also plays a role in its success. Technology can give access to postsecondary education for rural learners, but there are equity and quality issues. Policies that take such issues into account can broaden educational opportunities for a large number of rural learners. This paper takes the position that technology must be viewed not as a solution to the problem of distant learning, but rather as a tool for solving educational problems related to distance (Turner 1986). Policy issues that influence the outcome of high tech delivery are identified and discussed. (Author/TES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Invitational Conference on Rural Adult Postsecondary Education (Arlie, VA, September 7-9, 1986). For the conference proceedings, see RC 016 675.