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ERIC Number: ED417271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 12
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Distance Learning and Information Technology: The Rhetoric and the Reasonable.
Davison, Trevor
Distance learning in Australia has become much more popular in the last 20 years, with off-campus study increasing by 331 percent. At Central Queensland University, approximately half of the 9,000 students enrolled are studying at a distance. In order to provide high-quality distance education, a university, through its employees, must "care" for the students enrolled in these programs. Information technologies are increasingly used, and such techniques as videoconferencing, telephone conferencing, and telephone tutorials are a popular means of providing access to higher education and support for distance students. Some barriers to student access to higher education include the following: the expectation that students will have the required technologies, although many cannot afford them; gender bias against the women who make up most of the distance student body; and students who do not know how to use the information technologies if they can get them. Suggestions for improving access to and success in higher education for distance students are as follows: community use of governmental education and training resources, community use of business and industry resources, and corporate sponsorship of community learning. If universities are to continue to fulfill their mission, they must balance technology with caring in order to help students access and profit from education. (Contains 20 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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