Constructing quality assurance for distance education: reflecting on what we have learned and the potential impact on access

Jelfs, Anne and Colbourn, C. (2002). Constructing quality assurance for distance education: reflecting on what we have learned and the potential impact on access. In: Dikshit, H. P.; Garg, Suresh and Panda, Santosh eds. Access and equity: challenges for open and distance learning. Vijayshri, New Delhi, India: Kogan Page.



Contents: Preface. I. Trends and directions: 1. Access and equity in distance education: revisiting previously identified trends and directions/Fred Lockwood. 2. Open and distance learning, and concerns of access and equity/V.C. Kulandai Swamy. 3. Addressing access and equity through open and flexible learning: initiatives and challenges/H.P. Dikshit, Santosh Panda and Suresh Garg. 4. Access, quality and equity through diversity: Commonwealth perspective/Ved Goel. II. Institutional imperatives and responses: 5. The learning divide in distance education: myth or reality!/Jayati Roy. 6. Addressing the issues of access and equity in Indian higher education/K.B. Powar. 7. Access framework for under-prepared learners/Tshepiso Matentjie. 8. Access and equity in the context of the differently-abled/Rekha Sharma Sen. 9. Embracing the challenge: equity, accessibility and quality/Paulina Pannen, Naswil Idris and Subagjo. 10. Supporting economically disadvantaged students in Ireland: the Oscail experience/D. Bancroft and H. Johnson. 11. Gender and disability: focussing on blind women and girls/Prabha Chawla. III. Curriculum, pedagogy and programmes: 12. A pedagogical model for using virtual learning spaces/Otto Peters. 13. Asian students: are they really different?/Buddhini Gayathri Jayatilleke. 14. Learning attitude, motivation and preferences of older adults/Wei-yuan Zhang and Susan HA. 15. Poverty and access: the impact of language on online collaborative learning for Japanese learners/Paul Kawachi. 16. Global resource sharing vis-à-vis access and equity: some concerns/Vijayshri and Suresh Garg. IV. Management, evaluation and quality: 17. Access and equity in distance education: research and development, and quality concerns/Peter S. Cookson. 18. A model for evaluating distance education programmes/Maria Ana T. Quimbo. 19. A monitoring and evaluation framework for technology-based community learning centres in India/Judith Calder and Ila Patel. 20. Ensuring access and equity through measuring outcomes/Reehana R. Raza. 21. Constructing quality assurance for distance education: reflecting on what we have learnt and the potential impact on access/Anne Jelfs. 22. Assuring quality through institutional collaboration on study materials development for distance learners/Dele Braimoh. 23. Managing quality and accessibility in open and distance learning/Amin Zuhairi and Atwi Suparman. V. Appropriate technology: 24. Global technology and local culture: problematics of cultural lag in technological determinism/Debal K. Singha Roy. 25. Multimedia-based masters programme in business informatics/Karl Kurbel. 26. Community informatics : a role in emancipatory learning in distance education context/Wal Taylor and John Dekkers. 27. Enhancing peer-to-peer support through the internet/Michael Robertshaw. 28. Widening student access through online discussion/Leah A. Nillas. Index.

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