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ERIC Number: EJ1180181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
On the Margins or at the Center? Distance Education in Higher Education
Xiao, Junhong
Distance Education, v39 n2 p259-274 2018
This reflection focuses on the position of distance education in today's global higher education. Firstly, it identifies three types of convergence of distance and campus-based education--dual mode, add-on/blended, and full convergence--arguing that the last type has yet to be fully realized due to the complexities involved. It then critiques the interplay between the two, concluding that despite being influenced by campus-based instructional delivery in its early days, distance education is now influencing campus-based education. Implications of convergence are also discussed. Arguably, distance education universities should be proud of the increasing presence of distance education in campus-based universities and have confidence in maintaining their advantages. As for campus-based universities, a systems approach is needed if they intend to take advantage of this 'unorthodox' mode of education. Finally, it is suggested that both campus-based education and distance education are at the center of higher education because they are now equally conventional.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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