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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Distance education and eLearning practices: In Turkey and Eastern countries by Ugur Demiray, PhD

Please have a look at this article published in eLearning Papers nº 24 below.

Photo: Ugur Demiray
This study presents a socio-policital and historical review of the introduction of distance and elearning practices in Turkey and in Eastern Europe and discusses the challenges and opportunities posed by the growing presence of ICT in an increasingly globalized higher education environment.

The work makes a significant contribution, in English, to the state of the art of elearning and distance education in Eastern European countries.

Introduction to distance education
Distance education can be defined or called together with many the other concepts such as, “wellness education, open learning, open teaching, non-traditional education, distance learning, distance teaching, correspondence education, independent study, home study, distance teaching at a distance, extension study, external study, external learning, flexible education, flexible learning, life long education, lifelong learning, contract learning, experiential learning, directed private study, drop-in learning, independent learning, individualized learning, resource-based learning, self-access learning, self-study, supported self-study or continuing education” etc in the literature defined by different authors.

In this chapter distance education will named in the name any form of the concept which motioned up such as open learning or distance learning or distance education etc. What-ever it calls that in this chapter all of it will use in the meaning of distance education.