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ERIC Number: ED355925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 6
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The Philosophy and Role of Teleconferencing in Distance Education.
Matthewson, Claire
The philosophy of teleconferencing is unlikely to cause great controversy among distance educators. Common values of bridging, enhancement, extension, and support will be philosophically accepted. The University of Otago in Dunedin (New Zealand) and the University of the South Pacific in Suva (Fiji) are examples of institutions where the role options for teleconferencing cannot be the same because of their needs to maintain integrity with their own philosophical bases. From the onset of planning, the philosophy and context of teleconferencing must be kept in mind. The network's configuration relative to market and resources suggests and determines its possible applications. There are several roles for teleconferencing in distance education other than that of linking the teacher and the learner. One is bridging the gap between the learners themselves, and another is bridging distances for staff members. In any role, teleconferencing becomes a dynamic part of the educational infrastructure. The ethical dilemmas posed by teleconferencing must be acknowledged and answered in a way that recognizes it as a powerful structural element that should be an element of care. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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