DISTANCE EDUCATION, ACCESS, QUALITY, OPPORTUNITIES and CAUTIONS

by Dr. Paul Jay Edelson, Stony Brook University

Assessing the impact of widely distributed learning opportunities now accessible through distance education must take into account the re-imposition of values and motives long associated with traditional education. The expectations of new higher education consumers should be tempered by institutional acknowledgement of preexisting value structures and economics, constituting possible limitations on the utility of credentials thereby earned. Nevertheless, a re-affirmed confidence in higher education as a beneficial, public good can reverse current trends of diminished state support which will, in turn, further participation and social equality.

http://www.stonybrook.edu/spd/dean_papers/hawaii2013.pdf

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