The Big Bang Theory in Distance Education

Hawkridge, David (1995). The Big Bang Theory in Distance Education. In: Lockwood, Fred ed. Open and Distance Learning Today. Routledge.




Join any group of distance educators today and the chances are you will hear talk of exponential expansion of distance education when the information superhighways come into being, within a decade. This might be called the Big Bang theory of distance education. You will hear enthusiastic talk about two-way communication (at last) between teacher and student, replacing the old one-way systems of print, radio and television. At last, students everywhere will be able to explore massive knowledge stores. You may also hear gloomy comments about limited access, costs and the dangers of technological determinism. You may even hear critics who seriously decry the commodification of knowledge represented by distance education. And, of course, there will be those cautious optimists who advocate slow but steady advance, but not at any price. Who is right?

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