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Overview of Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand presented as opening mini keynote address at Education Summit 2011 - 2021, Sydney

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    Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand: Challenges and Opportunities Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand: Challenges and Opportunities Presentation Transcript

    • Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand: Challenges and Opportunities Mark Brown Director, Teaching, Learning & Distance Education Feb, 2011
    • Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand “ A real education takes place on campus!”
    • Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand “ A real education takes place on campus!”
    • Distance Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand
      • What is the state of distance education?
      • Why are distance providers under threat?
      • What are the benefits of distance education?
      • What are some of the underlying tensions?
      • What does the future look like?
      Five questions:
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education?
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • 26.5% of all tertiary students studied by distance • distance students account for 14% of total tertiary EFTS
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • the university sector enrolled 25% of distance students (EFTS) • the ITP sector (mainly polytechnics) accounted for around 35% (EFTS)
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • 15% of undergraduate degrees were being studied by distance students • 18% of postgraduate students (excluding doctorates) study by distance
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • almost 80% of all distance students are over 25 years of age
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • approximately two-thirds of distance students are female
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • approximately 35% of Maori students study by distance
    • 1. What is the State of Distance Education? In 2009… • The Open Polytechnic - 32,500 distance students - 5277 EFTS • Massey University - 17,500 distance students (18,000 internal students) - 6525 EFTS
    • 2. Why are Distance Providers Under Threat?
      • In 2010…
      • Publication of league tables:
        • attrition
        • completion
        • progression
      http://www.tec.govt.nz/ 2. Why are Distance Providers Under Threat?
    • 2. Why are Distance Providers Under Threat?
    • 2. Why are Distance Providers Under Threat? Dear Steven, As a representative of over 17,000 distance students studying at Massey University, I am asking you to reconsider your position on funding distance study. I believe the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) ignores the societal benefits that distance study provides.
    • Dear Steven, As a representative of over 17,000 distance students studying at Massey University, I am asking you to reconsider your position on funding distance study. I believe the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) ignores the societal benefits that distance study provides. I agree that completion figures must improve but the manner in which the TES priorities override a common sense solution, distance study, is frustrating for those attempting to capitalize on the opportunities distance study represents. I am one of many that share this opinion. Ralph Springett (18 th Jan, 2011). President’s Blog, EXMSS. http://exmss.org/presidentsblog/ 2. Why are Distance Providers Under Threat?
    • 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education? “ Distance Education – it has made me the person I am today, a productive working woman in her late forties contributing to society. I was in my early to middle thirties when I found distance education and… it was a godsend to enable me to make my life and my son’s life a much better one in the long term. I wanted to better myself by studying while on a benefit and not being able to afford childcare, distance education was the best way of making my life better.
    • “ Distance Education – it has made me the person I am today, a productive working woman in her late forties contributing to society. I was in my early to middle thirties when I found distance education and… it was a godsend to enable me to make my life and my son’s life a much better one in the long term. I wanted to better myself by studying while on a benefit and not being able to afford childcare, distance education was the best way of making my life better. I am now employed by a government department in a role helping victims in the community. I am now in a position that I am not reliant on a benefit and not likely to need one in the future. Where would I be if distance education was not available to me? Still in the same place as I was 12 years ago, stuck on a benefit with no future to speak of. Now I am… proof that it’s possible to change your life for the better by utilizing distance education” Sharon (18 th Jan, 2011) http://exmss.org/presidentsblog/2011/01/18/treat-distance-students-with-respect 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education? What are the social, cultural, health and economic benefits of distance education to the nation?
    • http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/tertiary_education/78889 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education? Scott, 2010…
    • • Higher income (strongly) and rates of employment (moderately) • Higher economic standard of living (moderately) • How healthy you think you are, and not being a smoker (both strongly) • Higher tolerance of immigrants, different values, ways of living, and ethnic diversity (moderately to strongly) • Volunteering (moderately) • Whether you voted (moderately for NZ-born only) • Whether you lived in a household that recycles (moderately) • Overall satisfaction with life (weakly to moderately) Education level positively associated with: 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • http://trends.collegeboard.org/education_pays 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education? In the US…
    • Median Earnings and Tax Payments of Full-Time Year-Round Workers Ages 25 and Older, by Education Level, 2008
      • Source: The College Board, Education Pays 2010
      3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • Labor Force Participation Rates Among Individuals Ages 25 and Older, by Gender and Education Level, First Quarter 2010 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • Unemployment Rates Among Individuals Ages 25 and Older, by Education Level, 1992–2009 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • Smoking Rates Among Individuals Ages 25 and Older, by Education Level, 1940–2008 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • Obesity Rates Among Adults Ages 25 and Older, by Age and Education Level, 2008 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • Volunteering Rates Among U.S. Citizens, by Age and Education Level, 2008 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education? “ The evidence is overwhelming that higher education improves people’s lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society. The existing gaps in participation and success are detrimental not only to individual lives, but also to society as a whole.
    • “ The evidence is overwhelming that higher education improves people’s lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society. The existing gaps in participation and success are detrimental not only to individual lives, but also to society as a whole. Different paths are appropriate for different individuals, and our challenge is to make the most promising paths readily available to students from all backgrounds. We will all be better off if we continue to make progress in this direction” (Education Pays, 2010, p.9). 3. What are the Benefits of Distance Education?
    • 4. What are Some of the Underlying Tensions?
    • Personal Development Active Citizenship Public Funded Standalone Local Development Personalization Quality Assurance Protected Resources Distance Education Economic Development Knowledge Worker For Profit Alliances Global Development Standardization Quality Enhancement Open Resources Online Learning 4. What are Some of the Underlying Tensions?
    • 5. What does the Future look like?
    • 5. What does the Future look like? • Growth of demand for higher education • Competition from for-profit providers • Collaborative competitive advantage • Taking development global • Blending with purpose
    • Conclusion Education for change rather than education in change!
    • Conclusion All education springs from images of the future and all education creates images of the future. Thus all education, whether so intended or not, is a preparation for the future. Unless we understand the future for which we are preparing we may do tragic damage to those we teach. (Toffler, 1974). Education for change rather than education in change!