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Computer Conferencing: The Post-Industrial Age of Distance Education

Open Learning Volume 12, Number 2, ISSN 0268-0513


Contrasts the dominant view of distance education as mass production and independent study (industrial model) with an emerging view incorporating interactive communications technology and personalized and collaborative learning (postindustrial model). Argues that computer conferencing is the most feasible and effective postindustrial technology for achieving the ideals of a collaborative constructivist approach to distance education. (PEN)


Garrison, D.R. (1997). Computer Conferencing: The Post-Industrial Age of Distance Education. Open Learning, 12(2), 3-11. Retrieved April 7, 2020 from .

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