Markets, Distance Education, and Australian Higher Education

  • Ted Nunan
Keywords: educational markets, distance education, flexible delivery, competition

Abstract

The paper argues that the Australian university system is unstable. There will be significant change as government implements its reform agenda and even more radical change if it moves to new deregulation. The role of distance education in university education needs to be analyzed against this "market" agenda of government in terms of characteristics of markets and market behavior. After a scan of the current role, the paper looks at two scenarios (regulated and deregulated) for distance education in university teaching and learning in Australia.

Keywords: educational markets, distance education, flexible delivery, competition

Author Biography

Ted Nunan
Dr. Ted Nunan is an associate professor at the University of South Australia. Ted holds a professional development role in teaching and learning improvement within the UniSA. His publication and research interests include information technologies and policy development, quality and standards in delivery systems, and the impact of socio-political-economic factors upon higher education. Dr. Nunan's email address is: ted.nunan@unisa.edu.au
Published
2005-03-01
How to Cite
Nunan, T. (2005). Markets, Distance Education, and Australian Higher Education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v6i1.223