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The Role of Technology in Distance Education (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Tony Bates


232 pages

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This book, first published in 1984, provides a comprehensive review of the range of technology that was being used in distance education. Technological developments in word processing, video-disc and viewdata as well as computer-based learning had revolutionised the potential for distance education. These developments required the role of more ’conventional’ distance learning media, such as broadcasting, tuition and text, to be reassessed. This book, written by international experts in the field, explored the state of the art at the time, and also provided their ideas on how future developments were likely to evolve. This book is ideal for those studying education and communications.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors; Part 1: Introduction and Overview; 1. The Growth of Technology in Distance Education; Part 2: Media in Course Design; 2. Texts and Word-Processors 3. Broadcast Television 4. Video Cassettes 5. Satellite and Cable 6. Video Discs 7. Computer Assisted Learning 8. Radio 9. Audio Cassettes 10. Home Kits; Part 3: Media in Course Management and Presentation; 11. Telephone Teaching; 12. Cyclops Shared-Screen Teleconferencing 13. Computers in Academic Administration 14. Teletext Systems 15. Viewdata System 16. Tutors and Media 17. Local Media Resource Centres; Part 4: Selection of Technology and Course Design; 18. Pedagogic Differences in Media 19. Putting it Together: Now and the Future

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning