Cooperation between a Distance Teaching University and an On-Campus University: The Creation of a Dual-Mode University

Cooperation between a Distance Teaching University and an On-Campus University: The Creation of a Dual-Mode University

Louise Bertrand (University of Quebec, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3978-2.ch009
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Abstract

There are more and more reasons for combining distance learning with classroom learning, not only because of the availability of new technologies but also because of the changes they induce in the student’s relationship to knowledge and in their way of life. Nonetheless, there are few instances of dual-mode universities being created by combining a distance university with an on-campus university. This chapter relates the experience of merging a distance university (TELUQ) with an on-campus university (UQAM), the reasons behind the fusion, and the lessons learned from the experience.
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The Knowledge Society And Relationship To Knowledge

The technological developments of the last few decades have made available some extraordinarily powerful tools that significantly modify the access to knowledge environment and the process of knowledge acquisition itself. These developments accelerate the appearance of mutations that force universities to transform the relationship to knowledge, the very relationship which it is their mission to establish between a subject, the student, and a body of scientific knowledge, soft skills and hard skills, by employing all the means at their disposal to ensure the success of this relation. Universities give access to knowledge, not just information, making available to students not only the objects of knowledge, but also the devices that allow them, through their own action on these objects, to interiorize a formalized body of knowledge and to transform it into personal knowledge.

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