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Development Trends in Economics of Distance Education from the Perspective of New Technologies

Development Trends in Economics of Distance Education from the Perspective of New Technologies
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Author(s): Eren Kesim (Anadolu University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 14
Source title: Handbook of Research on Emerging Priorities and Trends in Distance Education: Communication, Pedagogy, and Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): T. Volkan Yuzer (Anadolu University, Turkey) and Gulsun Kurubacak (Anadolu University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5162-3.ch016

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Abstract

New and developing technologies influence all societies in the 21st century in which the process of change is experienced intensely. Through the increased routes of access to knowledge and the increased importance of up-to-date information, the needs and expectations of individuals have become more varied. Countries with individuals equipped with new and current information in accordance with the needs of the age have an important competitive advantage in the global economy. The importance of education as a social institution grows every day in this process. In the 21st century understanding of education, which portrays the individual as a value to be developed, many sub-fields of expertise have emerged as educational sciences developed further. Studies in these fields allow for educational institutions to train and raise more qualified people. One area of expertise that guides national educational policies today is distance education. Distance education services provided by emerging technologies provide flexible learning opportunities for all individuals. An important aspect in providing distance education services is the economics of distance education. This chapter studies the economic aspects of distance education services through a general evaluation of emerging technologies with regard to the economics of distance education.

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