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Time and Space in Distance Education and (Partially) Remote Learning

As geographers, we have a particular professional interest in the spatial separation of teaching nodes and learning locations. Clearly, the ever increasing need to hold jobs while attending school makes the synchronized and face-to-face convergence of teachers and students expensive and restrictive. We need to experiment with new ways of permitting students to organize their employment and academic lives more efficiently. The asynchronous nature of E-mail and Web page communication is well known. We need to combine these temporal conveniences with "flexible education spaces" (or partially remote learning environments) into more adaptable educational time-space continua. With increased availability of electronic access at home or public places (libraries, internet cafes etc.) in the outer fringes of (or beyond) traditional hinterlands of existing universities, a reduction of commuting needs or residential relocations of students coming from greater distances and/or subject to tighter work/study schedules should go a long way towards improving learning environments for those students who do not wish to embrace the extreme forms of distance education void of any face-to-face interaction.


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