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ERIC Number: EJ799461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
Distance Education and the Complexity of Accessing the Internet
Rye, Stale Angen; Zubaidah, Ida
Open Learning, v23 n2 p95-102 Jun 2008
The focus of this paper is access problems distance students encounter when required to use the Internet for their studies, and how such problems influence the students' ability to gain access to higher education. Empirically, the paper is informed by a qualitative case study of a Master's programme in public administration offered to a group of students in a relatively remote area of Indonesia. It shows how access problems certainly become a challenge for such students, not only because of the absence of technology but also because of social constraints related to the presence of technology. However, as there are often no proper alternatives, new technology may well be considered a step forwards for such students, even if the new technology to some extent creates serious problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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