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ERIC Number: ED415426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Pages: 8
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Distance Education in the Educational System of Mexico.
Mortera-Gutierrez, Fernando
In Mexico, Distance Education (DE) is defined as an "extracurricular form of education" that offers great flexibility from the standpoints of space and time coupled with the official validation and accreditation enjoyed by the country's traditional educational system. In the past 50 years, DE in Mexico has evolved from an academic area of support to a dynamic field in basic and higher education. Approximately 46 institutions now offer DE and continuing education programs in Mexico through numerous delivery systems, including correspondence courses, radio and television, audioconferencing, videoconferencing, computer-based education, the World Wide Web, e-mail, and fax. DE programs exist for students in grades K-12, adult literacy learners, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty and staff seeking to enhance their teaching performance. In Mexico, DE is viewed as a vehicle for increasing access to education, reducing the costs of available educational services, and optimizing the use of available resources. Problems currently facing Mexico's DE system include the following: insufficient number of DE institutions; high costs of those institutions that use the latest educational technologies; and lack of articulation among institutions. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico