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ERIC Number: EJ851906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0830-0445
Implications of Online Learning for the Conceptual Development and Practice of Distance Education
Garrison, Randy
Journal of Distance Education, v23 n2 p93-103 2009
The purpose of this article is to examine the foundational principles and practices of distance education for the purpose of understanding recent developments in the areas of online and blended learning. It is argued that mainstream distance education has not embraced the full collaborative potential of online learning. Distance education continues to hold to the principles of autonomy and self-direction. On the other hand, online learning practices in traditional face-to-face higher education are increasingly being adapted to support collaborative and blended learning opportunities. The question is whether the conceptual development of distance education has reached an evolutionary dead-end.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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