Shifting to the third generation: Open and distance education at a mixed-mode institution
Carolyn Louise Nobes, Mount Saint Vincent University , Canada
Mount Saint Vincent University . Awarded
Drawing on the example of Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), this thesis contends that current developments in communication technology are blurring the distinction between distance education and the traditional classroom. Using Fallow and Robinson's terminology (1995), MSVU is no longer a dual-mode institution. Rather MSVU is more accurately described as a mixed mode institution which, according to Fallow and Robinson integrates distance materials and methods with the conventional mainstream on-campus courses. This shift has great implications for university divisions, like Open Learning at MSVU, previously charged with offering education at a distance.
Open Learning has experienced several transitions which Kaufman (1989) contends are due to the evolution of three generations of distance education, which he defines as correspondence, distance, and open and distance education. Each of these generations has increased the control of the learner, increased the degree of dialogue, and depth of thinking skills. I believe at MSVU the Open Learning program has experienced a transformational or third generation shift to open and distance education due in part to recent technological developments.
My major hypothesis is that communication technologies utilized in teaching graduate adult education courses in the Open Learning Program at MSVU, are leading a changing trend in the convergence of teaching methodologies and learning theories. These innovative methodologies are influencing the way we teach and learn at MSVU and can be a model for other small universities in the future.
Nobes, C.L. Shifting to the third generation: Open and distance education at a mixed-mode institution. Master's thesis, Mount Saint Vincent University.
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