ERIC Number: ED399383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Distance Education. Trends and Issues Alerts.
The rapid development and decreasing costs of communications technologies, including microcomputers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web, are affecting the delivery of distance education (DE) and expanding its potential audience. The DE literature reflects the increasing interest in the potential of current technologies to alter traditional teacher-student relationships. Four possible scenarios of distance educators' response to the opportunities afforded by new communications technologies have been offered: the minimal change model (educators use technology as an instructional aid without making any fundamental changes in the delivery of DE); the marginal change model (the pedagogy and organization of education remain unchanged and students are added on to conventionally taught classes); the systemic change model (DE instruction is reorganized into a technology-driven system); and the virtual system (the formal organization of universities/schools either becomes minimal or disappears). Two issues associated with the recent changes in DE as a result of new technologies are the need to ensure learner access to the information highway and the need for more staff development to train teachers to adapt to DE's new emphasis on learner centeredness and interaction between/among learners. (Concluding this document is an annotated bibliography of 17 print and 4 organizational resources.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.