Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies

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Chapter 1

Collaboration in distance education

An introduction
Louise Moran and Ian MugridgeInter-institutional collaboration was the subject of lengthy discussion more than a decade ago, at the British Open Unversity's tenth anniversary conference in 1979. In a chapter of the conference book devoted to the subject, Michael Neil defined such collaboration as 'an active working partnership supported by some kind of institutional commitment', based on formal agreement between two or more organizations (Neil 1981:25).This definition forms the basis of the present collection, which further seeks to consider inter-institutional collaboration within the four motivational categories that Neil (1981:142-4) established as emerging from the conditions he was describing. These were:
1 The desire to make 'better or more extensive or new use of resources that are available within one or more communities'.
2 The opportunity to improve 'the quality of learning materials …[to increase] educational opportunities for a wider student population, and [to ensure]…the relevance of studies to student needs'.
3 The need to respond to political pressures of various kinds.
4 The perceived need to guide or initiate changes of various kinds in particular societies.

Thus, the contributors to this collection have been asked to report on collaborative activities at their own institutions, in which they actively participated, and to discuss the wider implications of these undertakings for inter-institutional collaboration in general.

In a short article describing features of collaboration among distance education institutions in Canada, one of the editors of this collection, Ian Mugridge, agreed with Neil's comment that,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Contributors vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xii
  • Abbreviations xv
  • Chapter 1 - Collaboration in Distance Education 1
  • Chapter 2 - Institutional Cultures and Their Impact 12
  • Chapter 3 - Constructing a Master of Distance Education Programme 37
  • Chapter 4 - Creating Self-Learning Materials for Off-Campus Studies 64
  • Chapter 5 - The Way of the Future? 83
  • Chapter 6 - The Toowoomba Accord 97
  • Chapter 7 - The Rise and Fall of a Consortium 123
  • Chapter 8 - The Contact North Project 132
  • Chapter 9 151
  • References 165
  • Index 172
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