The Convergence of Distance and Conventional Education: Patterns of Flexibility for the Individual Learner

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Containing contemporary essays from Australia, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada, this volume analyses the changes arising from convergence--changes which are seen as having the potential to revolutionize the provision of education over the next thirty years. It

examines how various technologies have broken down clear distinctions between Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and conventional education.

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Essays engage with issues surrounding the breaking down of barriers between open and distance learning and conventional education, looking at aspects such as patterns of flexibility for the individual learner, the efficacy and ethics of using digital multimedia for educational purposes, supporting more flexible teaching approaches, and women's experiences with new learning technologies. Other subjects include library experiences of postgraduate distance-learning students, designing interactive media at an open university, and issues in adoption of information technologies for teaching and learning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415194273
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/19/1999
  • Series: Studies in Distance Education
  • Pages: 204
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 The convergence of distance and conventional education: patterns of flexibility for the individual learner 1
2 The efficacy and ethics of using digital multimedia for educational purposes 5
3 On access: towards opening the lifeworld within adult higher education systems 17
4 Introducing and supporting change towards more flexible teaching approaches 39
5 Becoming flexible: what does it mean? 51
6 Diversity, convergence and the evolution of student support in higher education in the UK 71
7 Convergence of student types: issues for distance education 86
8 Canaries in the mine? Women's experience and new learning technologies 100
9 A worthwhile education? 110
10 Notes from the margins: library experiences of postgraduate distance-learning students 124
11 The convergence of distance and conventional education: some implications for policy 141
12 From marginal to mainstream: critical issues in the adoption of information technologies for tertiary teaching and learning 150
13 Building tools for flexibility: designing interactive multimedia at the Open University of Hong Kong 161
14 A case study of convergence between conventional and distance education: using constructivism and postmodernism as a framework to unconverge the mind 175
Index 188
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