ERIC Number: ED255194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Educational Technology to Enhance Learning at a Distance. A Systematic Approach.
McBeath, Ron J.
The definition of educational technology has shifted from a focus on the organization and use of hardware and software items as a delivery system to recognizing that the introduction of technology into educational systems demands a systematic approach to enhance learning and human development. In the first definition, curriculum is the transmission of subject matter, while in the second it is a means to enable people from different backgrounds to reach their human potential. Enhancing human performance is not a simple, straightforward process. Growth steps can be categorized into four major stages of intellectual development: dualistic, multiplistic, relativistic, and commitment. The first two stages reflect the first definition, but the second definition must be implemented if students are to progress through stages 3 and 4. Distance education presents a particular challenge if students are to be participative, interactive, and critical inquirers with a sense of confidence and responsibility, because most distance education emphasizes one-way communication through different forms of media. However, through a systematic approach to designing and developing the program, an appropriate balance of media and tutors can be arranged to achieve interaction and two-way communication with students. Six references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Council of Educational Media (Banff, Canada, October 1984).