Originally published in 1981 this volume provides a detailed analysis of the factors - strategic, pedagogic, operational, organisational and financial -which should be taken into account in the planning and running of large-scale, centralised distance education systems at the higher education level. The book uses evidence drawn from Open University type institutions in Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and the UK.
Part 1: Characteristics of Distance-learning Systems 1. Origins and Structures Anthony Kaye 2. Students and Courses Anthony Kaye 3. Media, Materials and Learning Methods Anthony Kaye Part 2: The Course subsystem 4. Activity Scheduling John Dodd 5. Production and Distribution John Dodd 6. Course Creation John Mason and Stephanie Goodenough Part 3: The Student Subsystem 7. Systems for Student Administration Zvi Friedman 8. Support for Student Learning Bernadette Robinson 9. Assessment in the Distance-Education Situation Brendan Connors Part 4: Organisation, Administration, Planning and Finance 10. Organisation and Decision-making Greville Rumble 11. Planning, Control and Evaluation Greville Rumble 12. Economics and Cost-Structures Greville Rumble 13. Budgetary and Resource Forecasting Greville Rumble, Michael Neil and Alan Tout Part 5: Pointers to Further Reading 14. Some Concluding Comments Anthony Kaye and Greville Rumble 15. Institutional Profiles Keith Harry.
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'An academic or administrator contemplating a move into...distance teaching should first read this book.' Higher Education