ERIC Number: ED387171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Multi-Access Education: A Model for Instructional Delivery in the Information Age.
Although it is evident that the Industrial Age has given way to the Information Age, educational institutions are still using Industrial Age models of instruction that encourage passive learning and stress knowledge mastery. In the media-rich Information Age, educators must shift to instructional models that put learners at the core of both the curriculum and delivery systems and encourage them to become actively engaged in the acquisition of knowledge. The multi-access education model includes three delivery formats existing simultaneously: the traditional format, the on-campus facilitated format, and the off-campus distance learning format. Each delivery system is content independent, has its own unique instructional design, incorporates a learner-centered philosophy, and is extensively supported by technology. Educational institutions can move to a learner-focused delivery system by providing all three formats through a comprehensive multi-access education initiative. It is important, however, that colleges plan and budget for adequate technology acquisition, training, and administrative support for implementation. In addition to providing better instruction to learners, this approach also increases accessibility and thus increases a college's potential audience. Finally, the use of learning labs and distance education allows for the use of less expensive paraprofessionals and for holding classes without additional classroom space. (Contains 11 references.) (KP)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Principles, Educational Technology, Instructional Systems, Learner Controlled Instruction, Models, School Restructuring, Sociocultural Patterns, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College (Nashville, TN, November 14-17, 1993).