This volume of essays from leading British, North American and Australasian contributors looks at the issues of the convergence of distance and conventional education. The term 'convergence' refers to the breaking down of barriers between open and distance learning and conventional institutions, and the creation of more and more institutions working across a range of modes. Such convergence has been driven by a number of factors, including the new technologies for teaching and learning, the impact of lifelong learning policies, the entry of larger than ever numbers of adult part-time students into tertiary education, and the demands of both employers and individuals for professional and work-related education throughout their working lives.
The fourteen chapters engage critically with a range of aspects of convergence, including:
* how well is open and distance learning carried out by conventional institutions for which it may continue for a lengthy period to be seen as of secondary importance?
* to what extent will open and distance learning be more effectively carried out by conventional institutions able to offer a variety of modes to a wide range of learners?
* how well will the variety of learners be served by systems that are converging?
* what are the managerial issues at institutional level where converging systems are being developed?

chapter 1|4 pages

The convergence of distance and conventional education

Patterns of flexibility for the individual learner
ByAlan Tait, Roger Mills

chapter 3|22 pages

On access

Towards opening the lifeworld within adult higher education systems
ByLee Herman, Alan Mandell

chapter 5|20 pages

Becoming flexible: what does it mean?

ByDenise Kirkpatrick, Viktor Jakupec

chapter 7|14 pages

Convergence of student types

Issues for distance education
ByRick Powell, Sharon McGuire, Gail Crawford

chapter 8|10 pages

Canaries in the mine?

Women's experience and new learning technologies
ByJennifer O'Rourke

chapter 9|14 pages

A worthwhile education?

Pat Rickwood in collaboration with Vicki Goodwin
ByVicki Goodwin

chapter 10|17 pages

Notes from the margins

Library experiences of postgraduate distance-learning students
ByKate Stephens

chapter 11|9 pages

The convergence of distance and conventional education

Some implications for policy
ByAlan Tait

chapter 12|11 pages

From marginal to mainstream

Critical issues in the adoption of information technologies for tertiary teaching and learning
ByDiane Thompson

chapter 13|14 pages

Building tools for flexibility

Designing interactive multimedia at the Open University of Hong Kong
ByRoss Vermeer

chapter 14|13 pages

A case study of convergence between conventional and distance education

Using constructivism and postmodernism as a framework to unconverge the mind
ByGill Young, Di Marks-Maran