Getting to grips with Distance Education Pedagogy
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Terry Anderson and Jon Dron from Athabasca University in Canada have published an interesting paper which traces the pedagogy behind distance education over several generations, namely cognitive-behaviourism, social constructivism, and connectivism.
In this paper, they looked at cognitive presence, social presence and teaching presence in each pedagogical model and put forward their opinion as to the strengths and weaknesses of each. They conclude that "high-quality distance education exploits all three generations as determined by the learning content, context, and learning expectations". The full article is available from the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL).