ERIC Number: ED364207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Management of Distance Learning Systems. Fundamentals of Educational Planning 43.
This booklet focuses on how to manage a distance learning system so that it maximizes the efficient use of resources while meeting its goals. The management of a distance learning system involves planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. The author focuses on the choice of institutional framework and the funding system; and then describes three major subsystems, the material subsystem involving production of materials, the service subsystem of support for students, and the administrative subsystem for management of tutors. Controlling and assessing outcomes are discussed, drawing on examples from developed countries and developing countries. Distance learning shares a number of management needs with many other enterprises, but this booklet focuses on characteristics that make distance learning needs unique. Most of these traits revolve around the physical separation of components and the tension between the production-oriented nature of the material subsystem and the goals of the student-oriented support subsystem. (Contains 66 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Management Systems, Outcomes of Education, Systems Development, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information)
UNESCO: International Institute for Educational Planning, 7-9 rue Eugene-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France (50 French francs; approximately $8.75).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.