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New technologies for open learning: the superhighway to the learning society

Kirkup, Gill and Jones, Ann (1996). New technologies for open learning: the superhighway to the learning society. In: Raggatt, Peter; Edwards, Richard and Small, Nick eds. The Learning Society: Challenges and Trends. Adult Learners, Education and Training (2). London: Routledge, pp. 272–291.

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Far reaching claims have been made about the potential of the combination of distance learing and information technology, such as: "....the information technology revolution is creating a new form of electronic, interactive education that should blossom into a lifelong learing system that allows almost anyone to learn almost anything from anywhere at anytime" (Halal and Liebowitz, 1994: 21). This chapter examines the evidence for the above claims by describing the historical development of open and distance education, and reviewing the past and potential role of information and communication technologies in developing new forms of open and distance learning that might support the development of a learning society.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 1996 The Authors (individual chapters), 1996 The Open University (selection and editorial matter)
ISBN: 0-415-13615-6, 978-0-415-13615-0
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 38874
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2013 13:24
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 09:07
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