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Title: Editorial: Education across space and time: meeting the diverse needs of the distance learner
Contributor(s): Sims, Roderick (author); Kigotho, Mutuota  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2013.806018
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Abstract: As the higher education sector adapts to technological, social and political change, those involved in open and distance learning are finding that differences between distance and online learning are increasingly difficult to define; on-campus students may choose to study online, while external students may spend time on campus and online. At the same time, the affordances of network technologies, which allow extensive networked connections, have given rise to both open educational resources (OERs) and massively open online courses (MOOCs). These conditions also challenge the very nature of education, the value of the institution and the roles of both teachers and learners. This in turn places burdens on those responsible for the design of courses and those engaged with developing the profession and scholarship of teaching and learning. How therefore can we foster engaging and interactive learning with a dispersed and diverse population of students? How can we shift towards a learner-centred paradigm when institutional practices and physical infrastructures are geared towards teacher-centred delivery modes? How can we enable the social and connected features of technology when learning management systems can be restrictive and clumsy in their efforts to both manage the administration of education and provide flexible and collaborative learning opportunities? Perhaps, as others have suggested, we are at the tipping point. Will we see a new form of education emerge, or will educational institutions be overwhelmed with compliance, standards, administration and management practices that limit the potential of the individual student?
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Distance Education, 34(2), p. 137-141
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1475-0198
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
930103 Learner Development
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160101 Early childhood education
160199 Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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