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Distance education in the online world : implications for higher education

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Barry MarshallBarry Marshall, S Gregor
In this chapter, the authors identify forces leading to change in industries in the online world, including increasing global competition, increasingly powerful consumers and rapid changes in technology. In the higher education industry, outcomes are evolving, but include the formation of alliances, outsourcing and re-engineering of systems and work practices. The communication and information technologies that created the online world also link lecturers, tutors, and teaching resources to create the possibility of networked education. The authors outline a "glocal" networked education paradigm that separates out global and local resource development and global and local learning facilitation. By embracing this separation, it is possible to develop ways of working that allow the creation of a flexible model of education delivery that is scalable and hence globally competitive. In this model, the work of the university academic is changed considerably. The functions traditionally performed by a single university academic are differentiated and are performed by a network of leaning facilitators. In this scenario, university academics may find themselves responsible for the learning of hundreds of students, but they may never find hemselves fact-to-face with a single student.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Discenza R; Howard C; Schenk K

Start Page

21

End Page

36

Number of Pages

16

ISBN-10

1930708203

ISBN-13

9781930708204

Publisher

Idea Group

Place of Publication

Hershey, USA

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Australian National University; Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

  • No

Chapter Number

2

Number of Chapters

16