Quality or Quantity Education? East and West Leadership in Distance Education
Larry K. Bright, Jack Fei Yang, The University of South Dakota, Taiwan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Are distance educational leaders looking for developing a quality educational service for many people? Or, are developers looking for quick profits with students who have not had access to traditional education? This paper advocates that "quality" distance education needs to show evidence of increasing achievement and size of the middle classes. Many less advantaged individuals in the world do not have the resources to participate. Criteria for evaluating distance education for serving large populations require long-term data studies on class issues that may be impacted by education. Distance learning entrepreneurs, leaders, and governments are challenged to take a broad and long-term view of distance learning as a promising major tool for global social class mediation. Some implications are described on Eastern and Western values on quality distance education.
Bright, L.K. & Yang, J.F. (2003). Quality or Quantity Education? East and West Leadership in Distance Education. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1340-1347). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).