ERIC Number: ED318421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Technology for Distance Education: A 10 Year Prospective.
Bates, A. W.
This paper provides an overview of new technologies likely to be widely available within the next 10 years for teaching in Europe. It begins by presenting a framework which draws distinctions between different technologies based on their educational applications, i.e., for teaching or operational purposes, for communicating within or between systems, or for various levels, types of courses, or users. Evaluation criteria such as availability, organizational environment, and educational and operational rationales are also discussed. The following technologies are then discussed: (1) electronic publishing; (2) audiovisual media, including terrestrial broadcast television and radio, videocassettes, satellite, cable, and videodiscs; and (3) computer technology, including teaching about computers, computers as study tools, educational communications, administration, pre-programmed computer-based learning, and artificial intelligence. It is suggested that home-based learning, center- or work-based learning, and communications within and between systems are likely to dominate distance education during the next 10 years. It is concluded that technological decisions need to be preceded by policy and educational decisions, while recognizing at the same time that the availability of new technology allows for major changes in distance education. (8 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.
Identifiers - Location: Europe