ERIC Number: ED445667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-24
New Delivery Systems for the 21st Century.
Van Patten, James J.
This paper presents an historical perspective on the development of educational delivery systems, and then turns to the challenges of the information age and the issues of developing new delivery systems in this challenging environment. The paper discusses the fragility of power sources and of the networked world; technological weaknesses; freedom and control of information; a culture of changing values; increased incivility and hostility; and the Internet and the elements of divisiveness that will affect new educational delivery systems. Discussion then moves to issues related to educational technology and distance learning, including cost, control and ownership of course content; resistance to change; populations reached; student stress; the virtual university; problems and challenges; accreditation; the future of information networking; continuing threats to social stability; quality of distance education programs; and computer reliability and ease of accessing online information. Contains 35 references. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Futures (of Society), Information Networks, Information Technology, Internet, Online Systems, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the World Futures Society Future Focus (Houston, TX, July 24, 2000).