& Questions in Distance
(2000) questions whether distance education theory HAS kept
up with technological advances, but looking towards the
future, one might ponder whether theory actually CAN ever
keep up with advances.
(2000) notes that Wedemeyer (1971) advocates freedom of
choice for learners which brings up a number of questions
will learners know what they need to know?
greater freedom of choice, will learners choose everything
that is essential or just what is expedient or fun?
will cultural differences impact learners' choices?
can courses be designed to accommodate different learning
options without sacrificing content?
can learners following different paths to the same
general end be evaluated fairly and with some level
both theoretical and practical terms, what can be done
to demonstrate to both institutions and individuals
that distance education can provde learning opportunities
with results similar to traditional education?
R. (2000). "Theoretical Challenges for Distance
Education in the 21st Century: A shift from Structural to
Transactional Issues." International Review of Research
inOpen and Distance Learning 1(1): 1-14.
Wedemeyer, C. A. (1971). Independent Study. Encyclopedia
of Education IV. R. Deighton. New York, McMillan: 548-557.
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2003, 2004 Susan Connell, Educational Technology Student at San Diego State