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ERIC Number: ED411894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
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Two Wheels for Lifelong Learning in Korea: Credit Banking & Multimedia Technology.
Pak, Min Sun
Despite Korea's current emphasis on college entrance exams and formal education, the lifelong learning paradigm adhered to in the past can be re-established with the development of credit banking and multimedia technology. Due to restricted participation in higher education, a university degree has become a ticket to the social elite, with societal status taking precedence over competence and ability. The phenomenon can be reversed by a new system of open, lifelong learning. The system would allow ongoing opportunities for workers to upgrade their vocational skills, as well as provide unlimited availability to educational resources. This "educational democracy" would help eradicate social barriers, as well as recover the true essence of education: the containment of vocational and non-vocational learning. This would be achieved through a computerized academic credit banking system (CACBS), and through multimedia technology. The CACBS would allow students to register and accumulate academic credits into an academic account following strict accreditation guidelines The technology would allow for broad, interactive systems capable of widespread expansion. In addition, effective use of multimedia technology and distance delivery will provide for equitable access. Korea must shift its emphasis from elitist institutions and provide accessible "educational democracy" in order to obtain balance within the social and economical scales. (YKH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea