28 Public Policy, Institutional Structures,
and Strategic Implementation
The Pacey Group
Open Learning and Information Network
The core business of educational institutions is to create, preserve, transmit and apply knowledge.
(Duderstad, 1997, p. 2)
INTRODUCTIONThere are a number of jurisdictional overlaps that influence distance learning. For the sake of
simplicity, this chapter assumes that distance learning is substantially affected by two policy
areas, education and telecommunications, and that these are in turn influenced by an increasing
emphasis on innovation and partnership. The chapter argues that distance learning practitioners
need to be alert to the complexity of the environment in which the field of distance learning
exists and the avenues of influence available to them to achieve desired policy design.
POLICY MODELThere are many models that help elucidate the public policy process. Some are more linear
and describe the process as a series of steps, including
|• ||Agenda setting and problem definition.|
|• ||Design, which encompasses setting goals and objectives as well as selecting appropriate
Some argue that the linear or staged systems outlined above are too simplistic and take into
account neither the normative influence (value equations) nor the pluralist nature (multiple
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Handbook of Distance Education.
Contributors: Michael Grahame Moore - Editor, William G. Anderson - Editor.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 401.
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