ERIC Number: ED453826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-10
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning and Academic Values.
This paper addresses distance learning and academic values from the author's perspectives as student, part-time scholar, and president of the Open University (United Kingdom). The following six propositions are discussed: (1) new technologies may change higher education; (2) new technologies are always superseded by newer technologies; (3) most use of technology in universities lacks clear institutional aims; (4) the institutional aims should be to cut costs, leverage learning, and transform thinking; (5) such aims require the establishment of learning systems; and (6) the creation of learning systems requires institutional technology strategies. The current technology strategy at the Open University is then described, focusing on developments related to: the use of CD-ROM technology in a new introductory science course that is being taken by over 4,000 students; the use of computer conferencing by students in a wide range of courses; the techniques developed for effective tutoring of students by e-mail and computer conferencing; uses of the World Wide Web, particularly in conjunction with broadcast television; and the use of technology in the logistics of the learning system. (MES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley (England). Distance Education Research Group.