ERIC Number: EJ865350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
A Rose by Any Other Name: Still Distance Education--A Response to D. R. Garrison--"Implications of Online and Blended Learning for the Conceptual Development and Practice of Distance Education"
Journal of Distance Education, v23 n3 p111-116 2009
This article presents the author's response to Randy Garrison's article titled, "Implications of Online and Blended Learning for the Conceptual Development and Practice of Distance Education." Garrison's article seems to have missed many important developments relating to distance education and obscures the evolution of distance education in its use of online technologies. The central focus of this critique is that Garrison equates distance education with its earliest instantiation and the technology base that was first used to provide education at a distance. The author contends that distance education has and will continue to adopt the technologies and the pedagogies that are most effective at creating quality learning--wherever students wish to learn. Online education, when it happens at a distance is a form of distance education. Distance education at one time was defined by the necessity of supporting only independent study, but those times are long past. Emerging now are new models of distance education based upon connectivist pedagogy that once again break away from structured groups and utilize the affordances of networks and collectives.
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Criticism, Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Educational Principles, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Learning, Technology Integration, Internet, Web Based Instruction, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada