Towards a Prototypical Categorization of Distance Education in Teacher Education

Andy Thys
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Luc Vandeput
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Jan Elen
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)


Higher Education is in constant transition. In the Flemish context this is illustrated by a gigantic transformation in teacher education (TE). In the context of this transformation Educational master-level programs (EQF 7 – VKS 7) are designed and will be implemented in 2019-2020. The main factor that has to be taken into account is the a priori choice to offer the master programs at different locations throughout the Flemish region. This demands from the new educational masters in TE a radical focus on multi-campus education. This article stresses the need to establish a strong vision on distance education (DE) in TE. To do so a typology of distance education in teacher education is developed. Elen et al. (2014) can be seen as a prime inspiration for the different approaches (of distance education in teacher education). At the core of this article are the three outlined approaches as a basis for discussion. A methodology is presented to systematically sketch this process and its future aspirations. It has to be noted that this search for prototypes can never be seen as a fixed description but as a constant search and debate.

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