ERIC Number: ED413873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Proceedings of the Global Summit on Distance Education: Education and Training: Driving the Future (Washington, D.C., October 23-24, 1996). Final Report.
EDSAT Inst., Washington, DC.
Panelists and participants of the Global Summit on Distance Education addressed the roles of the private sector, governments and educational institutions in creating equitable and useful distance education services as telecommunication policies and rules are changing worldwide. This report provides an executive summary, summary of proceedings, and appendices including a summary of the roundtable discussion on global communications, the conference program, remarks by U.S. Senator Larry Pressler, press release for the conference, and questionnaire distributed to conference participants. Panel topics were: the role of the private sector; the role of government; education, training, and technology; new technology transfer and applications; distance education providers' experiences; educational and industry collaboration; and the impact of changing national and international policy. Participants agreed that distance education is in great demand worldwide, demand that is soaring as awareness grows of its potential for maximizing use of teaching resources to reach larger numbers of learners. It holds unrivaled promise for equalizing education for the remote, the isolated, and the disadvantaged, but it may not be available or affordable where it is needed most. It also challenges the future of educational bureaucracies and institutions trying to put it into practice. The private sector has proved its ability to offer distance education by adapting a variety of technologies for local needs, but satellites will be the future worldwide delivery mechanism of choice. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EDSAT Inst., Washington, DC.