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Title: Higher Education by Distance: An identity crisis despite transformations and proliferations
Contributor(s): Denman, Brian  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Distance education has undergone a major transformation in recent years. However, it continues to be plagued with ambiguity in terminology, direction, scope, and scale. This narrative starts with an investigation of data collected by the International Association of Universities (WHED 2007) to map and interpret the global landscape concerning higher education by distance. Based on initial findings, attempts have been made to define current key concepts related to distance education delivery and to identify specific trends in quality assurance that seem particularly relevant to the current conditions. In addition, this narrative includes a case study analysis undertaken between 2006-2007 to investigate types of distance higher education delivery within the territorial jurisdictions of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States to substantiate on findings. Specifically, the case study analysis helps to identify and address educational policies at macro and meso levels that illustrate differences in policy and practice. The rationale for such an undertaking is to identify how higher education by distance is currently evolving and to recommend directions for policy makers and practitioners interested in distance education development.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: CIES 2009: 53rd Annual Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Charleston, United States of America, 22nd - 26th March, 2009
Source of Publication: Presented at the 53rd Annual Comparative and International Education Society Conference (CIES 2009)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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