Distance Education

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Although distance education has developed rapidly over the past decade, writing on the subject is still scattered over a diverse range of often inaccessible sources. This book brings together a selection of the best writing on distance education in recent years, and is an essential reference for all who work in the field.

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Table of Contents

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General introduction 1
1 Understanding distance education 10
2 Three types of interaction 19
3 Problems of distance education 25
4 Distance education in the society of the future: from partial understanding to conceptual frameworks 32
5 Broadening the definition of distance education in light of the new telecommunications technologies 39
6 A duty for distance education in the 1990s 54
7 A typology of distance teaching systems 62
8 Student persistence in distance education: a cross-cultural multi-institutional perspective 77
9 The economics of mass distance education 94
10 Open universities - the test of all models 114
11 A two-level strategy for mastery learning in distance education 126
12 Some instructional strategies for improved learning from distance teaching materials 137
13 Electronic mail in a children's distance course: trial and evaluation 157
14 Technology for distance education: a ten-year prospective 176
15 Telephone teaching and audio-conferencing at the British Open University 191
16 Multifunction microcomputer enhanced audio teleconferencing: moving into the third generation of distance education 200
17 The coming of the new distance educators in the United States: the telecommunications generation takes off 209
18 IBM distance learning developments using videoconferencing 224
19 Open universities: the new temples of learning 236
20 National developments and international cooperation in distance education in Commonwealth Africa 250
21 China: its distance higher-education system 261
22 Refugees and distance education 276
23 Academic education of distance educators 292
24 Media and distance education: course description 305
25 Strategies for collaborative staff training in distance education 317
26 Key issues in distance education: an academic viewpoint 330
Index 342
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