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Guardian Unlimited: To boldly go

Guardian Unlimited: To boldly go
Online delivery promises a new access route for millions of qualified, motivated students. The development of online distance education does indeed amount to a revolution in teaching and learning. At the heart of this revolution is a completely new pedagogy, for which the current generation of university and college lecturers is not trained, and which, for the most part, their managers do not understand. What is currently happening, on both sides of the Atlantic, is that too many lecturers are fooling themselves, and being fooled into believing, that all they need do to be part of this revolution is to convert existing courses to web-page format and be prepared to answer emails and conduct "real-time" seminars.

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