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the horse and buggy

By P J Smith


This paper argues that educationists will have to re-consider their present attitudes to education if the full potential of technology is to be realised in distance education. In particular the paper addresses the issues of structure and external studies, the needs of education and training and the need to explore the concept of open learning. In this paper, I am not going to talk about technology very much, instead, I intend to talk more about attitudes of educators. The point I want to make is that, until we are prepared to change some of our fundamental attitudes about education, we as educators will never fully capitalise on the potential benefits of technology, and nor will we enable our students to reap all the benefits. Let's look first at the past, in what I apologise for as something of an overly simplified summary of how education has arrived where it is. Education first began very informally, where groups of people, or even individuals, formed a relationship with a person who had something to teach them- the Socrates model. Skipping over a few hundred years we find the same sort of thin

Year: 2016
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