Higher-lifelong cyber learning in Korea : problems and potentials
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by SH Kwŏn, SY Ryu, YK Seo, J Lee
As with many other parts of the world, the development of information communication technology (ICT) has caused many changes in Korean society. Among these, are the changes to what we call 'higher-lifelong education'. This term refers to the lifelong learning opportunities that exist at the higher education level. Closely associated with these changes has been the development of 'cyber education', which has become widely-used due to the remarkable opportunities it offers. In this paper we will try to examine the relatively short history of higher-lifelong education and look at its current situation in Korea. We will examine the backgrounds, types, features and primary factors of its adaptations and diffusion. Needless to say, there are some problems associated with the rapid changes and expansion of the new technology - one being the limited forms of training for designers of web-based (or 'cyber') courses for the higher education sector. One of the main issues to be considered in the design of these cyber courses is culture. The other problem is the promotion of a uniform and standardized form of education. Regardless of these problems, the new technology will play an important role in the renovation of higher-lifelong education and be the major force behind these changes. In considering the problems and the potential of higher-lifelong eductaion in Korea, we will discuss the effects of ICT on all participants in education, such as learners, instructors, and educational administrators, as well as the industry sectors, and governments. We will also state our case that more active investment in research and development of this technology should be conducted for the advantage of the technical-infrastructure and support systems that are fererred to in this paper.