The impact of ICT on Lifelong Learning

Thorpe, Mary (2005). The impact of ICT on Lifelong Learning. In: McIntosh, Christopher and Varoglu, Zeynep eds. Perspectives on Distance Education: Lifelong Learning and Distance Higher Education. Paris: UNESCO & Commonwealth of Learning, pp. 23–32.



About the book: As globalisation advances, education is increasingly crossing borders - national, regional, sectoral and institutional. At the same time, educational systems are having to respond to other profound changes, such as the knowledge explosion, the changing interaction between the public and private spheres, and the increasingly rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT). The present volume deals with distance higher education systems - especially those designed for lifelong learners - in the context of these changes, emphasising the need for international co-operation and for well thought-out policies in areas ranging from funding, appropriate use of ICTs and quality assurance. Aimed at planners, policy-makers and other stakeholders, the book is intended to be a practical tool for capacity-building and decision-making.

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