On Open, Distance, E-Learning and Other Name Confusion

Terry Anderson, Virtual Canuck, Jan 15, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a nice and historically grounded discussion of the meaning of 'open education' and related terms. Anderson is quite right to bring up the 'father of American Distance Education' Charles Wedemeyer. He writes, "Wedemeyer was a tireless advocate and proponent of often revolutionary notions of higher education. He argued that formal education should and could expand to provide educational access and opportunity to everyone, everywhere, anytime. Even today, few institutions come close to meeting the 10 characteristics of Open Learning that he described in his 1981 book Learning at the Back Door."
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