Beyond Access: Student Perspectives on Support Service Needs in Distance Learning

Judith Potter


This paper describes a study of the support service needs and assessments of distance learners at three Canadian bi-modal universities (i.e., offering degree-credit courses both on-campus and through distance education). A student profile is developed and compared with previous descriptions. From student data, a model of support services for distance learners emerges. Recommendations for the further development of support services for distance education students at Canadian bi-modal universities are also included.

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