Is the assumed necessity to give learner control in distance education an 'urban legend'?
Abstract: Different factors -for example: new technologies, the increased importance of some competencies, and ‘weisure’- may lead to the assumption that learner control is a prevalent condition to make distance education more effective. Moreover, there is the assumption that learner control will lead to more highly motivated students and will lead to more cognitive adaptation. In this contribution we discuss whether or not learner control may be considered as key-component in the development of distance education. In other words, we discuss whether the assumption that learner control leads to a higher effective organisation of distance education is acceptable or has to be considered as an urban legend.
Presider: Cittoor Girija Navaneedhan, Indian Institute of Technology