Originally published in 1981 this volume provides a detailed analysis of the factors - strategic, pedagogic, operational, organisational and financial -which should be taken into account in the planning and running of large-scale, centralised distance education systems at the higher education level. The book uses evidence drawn from Open University type institutions in Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and the UK.

part Part One|2 pages

Characteristics of Distance-Learning Systems

chapter 1|17 pages

Origins and Structures

ByAnthony Kaye

chapter 2|16 pages

Students and Courses

ByAnthony Kaye

chapter 3|23 pages

Media, Materials and Learning Methods

ByAnthony Kaye

part Part Two|2 pages

The Course Subsystem

chapter 4|16 pages

Activity Scheduling

ByJohn Dodd

chapter 5|11 pages

Production and Distribution

ByJohn Dodd

chapter 6|21 pages

Course Creation

ByJohn Mason, Stephanie Goodenough

part Part Three|2 pages

The Student Subsystem

chapter 7|18 pages

Systems for Student Administration

ByZvi Friedman

chapter 8|21 pages

Support for Student Learning

ByBernadette Robinson

chapter 9|15 pages

Assessment in the Distance-Education Situation

ByBrendan Connors

part Part Four|2 pages

Organisation, Administration, Planning and Finance

chapter 10|21 pages

Organisation and Decision-Making

ByGreville Rumble

chapter 11|20 pages

Planning, Control and Evaluation

ByGreville Rumble

chapter 12|15 pages

Economics and Cost Structures

ByGreville Rumble

chapter 13|36 pages

Budgetary and Resource Forecasting 1

ByGreville Rumble, Michael Neil, Alan Tout

part Part Five|2 pages

Pointers to Further Reading

chapter 14|20 pages

Some Concluding Comments

ByAnthony Kaye, Greville Rumble

chapter 15|30 pages

Institutional Profiles

ByKeith Harry