Priority areas for research in open and distance education in the 21st century

Taylor, J. C. and Postle, G. and Reushle, S. and McDonald, J. (2000) Priority areas for research in open and distance education in the 21st century. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 9 (1). pp. 99-104. ISSN 0971-2690

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As Patry (1995) has pointed out, 'Traditional education systems throughout the world have been stretched to the limit by the population explosion, scarcity of resources and expansion of knowledge'. In the future, open and distance education is likely to play a more significant role at all levels of education and training as globalisation becomes the norm. Indeed, the application of distance education technologies and methodologies on a global scale could well be the only viable option to meet the escalating worldwide need for lifelong learning. Further, the potential economies of scale inherent in internet-based course delivery means that online education will play an increasingly important role in the future of open and distance education. Clearly there is a need for an increased research effort focussing on this new mode of delivery.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: From web site: 'Copyright Indira Gandhi National Open University and authors for individual papers.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 23:04
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 00:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: research; distance education; open education; online pedagogy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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