Increased Post-Secondary Access Through Distance Education
Presenter: Kelly Young
Theme: The Role of Education in Meeting Global Challenges
With the recent rise in demand for higher education internationally and the continued growth of technology, distance education is emerging as both a viable and valuable tool for increasing access to education. This paper defines distance education and illustrates the trends in both developed and developing countries, as well as gives examples of distance education utilized by institutions in four countries (Scotland, USA, Indonesia, and South Africa). The discussion explains the phenomenon of learner-centered instruction and touches on the benefits of increased access to higher education. Recommendations are depicted in a policy map in Appendix A (p. 14). These policies are designed to promote a productive organizational culture, training in technology, level of competency and individual attention for students, adequate funding for the institution, and research on current programs to guarantee quality. Policy makers should adhere to these recommendations to help administer effective distance education.