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Policy for Open and Distance Learning


reviewed by David L. Stoloff 2004

coverTitle: Policy for Open and Distance Learning
Author(s): Hilary Perraton and Helen Lentell, Editors
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415263077, Pages: 268, Year: 2004
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In their introduction, the editors pose the question – “does [open and distance learning] work, and if so what policies are needed to make it work effectively?” (p. 3).  To answer this question they consider two themes for this text: 1) the acceptance of “open and distance learning and its new place at the world’s educational tables” and 2) changes in the role of the state and its institutions which resulted in students having to meet more of the costs, declining central control of broadcasting, globalization, a new kind of competition between universities, and “limitations of existing accrediting structures in protecting student interest” (pp. 4-5).     This collection of essays from educators active in open and distance learning (ODL) in Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan, Australia, India, and Britain is structured into three sections – “inputs – in terms of learners, staff and resources; processes – organizational structures, technologies, globalization, and governance; outcomes – benefits set in the context of costs.”  The text concludes with a discussion on framing ODL... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2385-2388
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11360, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:37:36 PM

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  • David L. Stoloff
    Eastern Connecticut State University
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    DAVID L. STOLOFF, Ph.D., is Professor and Department Chair of the Education Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is also the lead faculty member for the online Master of Science degree program in Educational Technology at Eastern CSU and is a founding faculty member for OnlineCSU, the Connecticut State University online campus. His current research interests include learner-instructor communication variables influencing learner attitudes towards virtual community development, webpage development and publishing, and online learning and teaching. Dr. Stoloff also coordinates summer institutes, which focus on educational technology applications and curriculum development, for high school students planning to become teachers.
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