Social Implications of Three Different Models of Distributed Learning

Social Implications of Three Different Models of Distributed Learning

Robin Mason (The Open University, UK) and Frank Rennie (Lews Castle College, UHI, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-774-4.ch021
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Abstract

Distributed universities that use technology to support a social mission are a new phenomenon reflecting changing demands on higher education and the availability of new, facilitative technologies. This chapter describes three different models of distributing education to achieve different social missions: a distance teaching university (The UK Open University), a multicampus higher education institute servicing remote and rural areas in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (UHI Millennium Institute), and a new university in Greece spread over five small islands (University of the Aegean). The chapter considers the different social missions and the ways in which the choice of technologies supports distributed teaching and research. International activities are also described and future trends considered. An initial typology for considering institutions of distributed learning is proposed.

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