Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Absence as Opportunity

First, thanks to all who responded to the library survey (and a chance to win an ipod)! We appreciate your participation.

Second, when you think about your distance education, do you feel good, bad, positive, or negative about it?
If you would like to read about how a group of distance learners feel, an abstract for an article follows that resulted from a search of the Pierce Library EBSCO Education Search database; find it in the alphabetical list of databases available from the library home page and access it using your library barcode and PIN numbers. Search on the subjects Distance Education and Learning if you would like to find more like it:

Absence as opportunity: learning outside the institutional space and time. By: Raddon, Arwen. Journal of Further & Higher Education, May2006, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p157-167, 11p, 2 charts Abstract: The apparent absence of learners from the spaces and times of the institution is usually seen as a negative element of distance learning, positioning distance learners as other to the ‘norm’ of the present, on‐campus, traditional student. This paper explores the narratives of a group of distance learners, highlighting that these learners primarily see being outside the spaces and times of the university as an opportunity. Rather than creating a sense of otherness, it is regarded as giving a sense of control, allowing space and time in which to take up their studies alongside demanding jobs and caring roles. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; DOI: 10.1080/03098770600617596; (AN 20640762)
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If you would like to start a discussion with other EOU distance students, feel free to comment!

1 comment:

  1. I have been a distance student for two years now and appreciate the support I find here at Pierce AND my own graduate school library. I often go to Pierce first because the databases are more familiar.

    PS---I can't believe more students are not going for that iPod!!!!!