ERIC Number: ED318427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a European Electronic University: Technology and Course Design for European-Wide Distance Education Courses.
Bates, A. W.
Designed to stimulate course planning teams to consider a wide range of technological options at the start of the course design process, this paper focuses on ways in which technology can be used to design, produce, and present European-wide distance education courses. The more detailed objectives of the paper are to look at how technology may facilitate the joint production of courses across different institutions in different countries; speed up course production; help in the delivery of courses to different target groups in different countries; and suggest prototype course designs that meet the challenge of the first three objectives and might attract some external funding. Factors to be considered in determining the suitability of technology for distance teaching are then considered, including access and availability to students, costs, teaching functions, interaction and user-friendliness, organizational constraints, and novelty. Scenarios for media use in European courses are also suggested; these include electronic publishing, videocassette courses, tutored video instruction, computer-mediated communication, and computer-based learning with videodiscs. The paper concludes by identifying several policy issues that need to be resolved by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities before final choices can be made about the use of technology in European-wide courses. (5 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Heerlen (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Europe