This paper takes a broad view of the field of distance education and argues that the systemic under-funding of Australian universities, coupled with the increasing uptake of information and communication technology (ICT), can lead to a situation where telelearning environments can be seen primarily as a commercial conduit for generating revenue. The implications of such an argument require Australian universities and their various stakeholders to take notice of the literature emanating from the field of electronic commerce. The reasons for such a claim are discussed, as are aspects of electronic commerce that may shed light on the idea of telelearning environments used in distance education in universities being the 'thin edge of the wedge' in movements to commodify higher education.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Australasian Journal of Educational Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|