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Predictions and Realities of Distance Education

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Title:Predictions and Realities of Distance Education
Authors:Fordyce, Louisa
Author Affiliation:Louisa R. Fordyce - Kaplan University
Date Issued:2011
Abstract:In 1999, noted educator and philosopher Andrew Feenberg, PhD, wrote “Reflections on the Distance Learning Controversy” in which he addressed the controversy surrounding distance learning and its impact on teaching styles and use of technology. Feenberg made a number of predictions as to how online learning would change as more institutions offered distance-learning education. Feenberg’s points included methods of delivery as well as the effects distance learning would have on faculty. Reviewing this paper in 2011 shows that although Feenberg was off target in some of his predictions, such as the widespread use of technology undermining teaching, he was correct in other areas, including the problems caused with pre-recorded videos. Feenberg’s predictions were closest regarding the increase in the numbers of adjunct faculty caused by distance education and the problems that has created in the industry.
Pages/Duration:4 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2011 Proceedings

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