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Page: 971 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.0382

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

NAVIGATING THE DISTANCE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE IN 2017 AND BEYOND

J. Newbold, W. Angrove

Sam Houston State University (UNITED STATES)
In 2017, higher education institutions offering distance education are being buffeted by trends and developments from several disparate corners of the industry: competing institutions (including for-profit providers), students, technology providers, and content providers. From the vantage point of the institution’s distance education department, the choices are stark: Do you continue to offer a proprietary, home-grown distance education offering, or do you outsource the distance education function? If you outsource, do you outsource to a content provider who has a platform, or do you outsource to a turn-key, third party provider? In order to address these questions, one must have a firm grasp of the objectives and the strategies of their institution.

In this paper, the authors examine a case study of a mid-sized (enrollment = 20,000) institution in the Southwest of the United States. The case examines:
- The goals and objectives of the institution,
- The strategy to date of the Distance Education Department,
- Trends in student demands for distance education offerings,
- Trends and developments among relevant competitors
o Overall enrollment trends
o Growth rates of students taking online courses
o Pricing trends
- Trends in the outsourcing of the distance education function.

Finally, the paper examines the relevant strategic questions that should drive the distance education strategy, and proposes a “provisional” strategy for the specific institution in the case. Thus, reader is provider a current, real-world example of distance education strategy, as well as an assessment of the challenges faced in the development of that strategy.
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title = {NAVIGATING THE DISTANCE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE IN 2017 AND BEYOND},
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J. Newbold, W. Angrove (2017) NAVIGATING THE DISTANCE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE IN 2017 AND BEYOND, INTED2017 Proceedings, p. 971.
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