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Distance Education as socio-material assemblage: Place, distribution and aggregation

Gunter, Ashley; Raghuram, Parvati; Breines, Markus and Prinsloo, Paul (2019). Distance Education as socio-material assemblage: Place, distribution and aggregation. Population, Space and Place (Early Access).

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Abstract

This paper outlines some of the material assemblages that are formed in international distance education (DE) in Africa. It offers a first exploratory study of materialities in DE and how they potentially distribute and aggregate to form a network to provide education. Through the use of interviews, students lived experiences are explored to unpack the multiplicity of networks needed to overcome the de‐aggregated and distributed institution. The multiplicity of networks that form in DE brings challenges that question how spaces become connected and disconnected and how different materialities shape DE. The materialities in DE produce forces and effects, such as translocal and transmobilites that are more than just the human actor, but extrude materials, networks, and connectives that transform continuously. The interconnectivities of the university and home or institution and students are brought together through enabling technology, but infrastructure does not always have the ability for the facilitation of aggregation.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1544-8444
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Facilitating equitable access and quality education for development: South African International Distance EducationES/P002161/1ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Keywords: Distance Education; Higher Education; Sociomaterialities; South Africa, assemblage, international students
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Item ID: 62099
Depositing User: Markus Breines
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 14:24
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 20:42
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/62099
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