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As the importance of life-long learrning grows, not only are more people desiring to study beyond basic formal education, but education providers also have to provide high quality courses that are made as accessible as possible. This issue of CDTL Brief examines some of the issues surrounding Continuing Education/Distance Learning.

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March 2002, Vol. 5 No. 1 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Distance and Distributed Learning in Continuing Education: Notes from the Front Lines
Professor Thomas P. Keenan, I.S.P.
Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education
University of Calgary
Alberta, Canada
Many of the principles for using technology to enhance education have been well covered elsewhere, including in CDTL Brief. I would therefore like to focus my discussion on some of the factors that make the Continuing Education audience somewhat unique. Continue reading

Continuing Education through the Online Graduate Programme at the University of Calgary
Associate Professor Jo-Anne H. Willment
Faculty of Continuing Education
University of Calgary
The need for learning experiences while remaining at the workplace is a goal of many continuing education services in Canada. The Faculty of Continuing Education at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is no exception. Continue reading

Life-long Learning: What Does It Mean for Us?
Mr Dennis Sale
Section Head, Educational & Staff Development Department
Singapore Polytechnic
With the emergence of the so-called knowledge-based economy and ‘learning society’ (Dunne, 1999), the term ‘life-long learning’ is now rivalling ‘thinking’ and ‘quality’ as educational buzzwords. But what does life-long learning really entail and what are the implications for us as teaching professionals? Continue reading

Continuous Education/Distance Learning: GSMS Graduate Diploma Programmes
Miss Liew See Yin Associate Professor Goh Lee Gan
Administrative Officer, Graduate School of Medical Studies Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine,
Faculty of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Continuous education plays a fundamental role in the life-long professional development of physicians. It allows medical professionals to increase their knowledge, improve their skills and keep abreast with the latest developments in clinical management. Continue reading

Continuing Education in Dentistry
Professor Chew Chong Lin
Director, Graduate School of Dental Studies
Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore
‘Thinking Schools, Learning Nation’: this is what Singapore is striving for. It also means that learning is a continual process and that we do not stop learning or slow down our learning when we graduate with our first degree. In clinical dentistry, it is vital that we keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest technologies, materials and knowledge that are being developed to help dentists provide the best treatment for our patients. Continue reading

Learning to Go the Distance: A Decade of Expanding Opportunities for Distance Learning in Thailand
Associate Professor Chongchit S. Robert Mr G. Lamar Robert
Department of Mass Communication Senior Advisor, Humanities Academic Center
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The value of distance learning for rural development has been well known for some time (e.g. Parker and Hudson; Saunders, Warford, and Wellenius; Williams; Hudson; and Pool). Starting a programme of distance learning in a nation requires a synergistic critical mass of private and public infrastructure investment including electricity, telecommunications, television, and computers. Continue reading