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ERIC Number: ED316178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Distance Education--The Trend Setter.
Turnbull, Amelia Joy
The quality of distance education is becoming more widely recognized in Canada and a greater number of students are opting for this means of furthering their education. In an effective distance education techno-system which focuses on the student, five essential characteristics can be identified. Such a system will be accessible; flexible; user-friendly (with a high degree of interaction and adequate support systems); eclectic (employing a variety of media, teaching strategies, and delivery systems); and egalitarian. The Alberta Correspondence School's operations reflect these requirements and can be considered in terms of three subsystems--materials, support, and administration--that have a combined purpose of meeting students' needs. The school has the capacity to produce instructional materials in a variety of media, e.g., print, audio, video, and computer courseware. Support services include the use of travelling teachers, face-to-face meetings between teachers and students, periodic group seminars, and teleconferencing. Other support services, such as academic counselling, guidance, and diagnostic testing, are limited. Delivery of educational programs and services has been facilitated through the use of a special mailing system; a study center which handles telephone inquiries, in-person registration, and testing facilities; the use of community resources where shop or laboratory facilities are not available; a computer network; and automated office systems for processing student registration and tracking student progress. (10 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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