University Correspondence Study

A Revised Historiographic Perspective

Authored by: Von V. Pittman

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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For several generations, correspondence study stood alone as a medium of distance teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions in the United States. It provided not only an impetus for electronically assisted distance education formats, but an initial administrative home for many of them. Also, in many universities, correspondence study programs provided the funds and expertise that facilitated the pursuit of innovative— but sometimes foolish or ill-conceived—telecommunications schemes.

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