THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ONLINE LEARNING
During the last ten years, the Internet and the Wide World Web have
fundamentally altered the practice of distance teaching and learning.
Nowhere is this fact more evident than in the transformation
undergone by single-mode distance universities as they seek to apply
the benefits of emerging information communication technology
(ICT) infrastructure to their core business, with a view to improving
the quality and cost-effectiveness of the learning experience afforded
By the mid 1990s, Canada’s Open University®, Athabasca
University, was ripe for change.1 Not only was the technological
world that had hitherto enabled distance education undergoing
radical and rapid change, but so too was the University’s political
environment, as debt reduction and elimination became the rallying
cries of provincial public policy.
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