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De Hub: Innovation in distance education

The Distance Education Hub is an online space where the aim is to bring academics together around the subject of distance education. The focus is on collaboration and cooperation, while allowing people to be distinctive, and also recognising that a lot of academic institutions are competitors.

Distance learning was defined as instructors and learners working together while they are physically separate. The vision was to have accessible quality higher education/tertiary anytime, anywhere and anyhow. Hand in hand with this was their mission which was to facilitate "topical research, inform policy development and disseminate critical information in distance education leading to knowledge creation and application by distance education practitioners" (Source).

By pulling together academics into a community the idea is to aggregate research, bring together scholarship, pool knowledge, build relationships, demonstrate collaboration, and create a research agenda on the international scene.

The community has an active presence on Wiki educator built around the spirit of sharing, constructing and disseminating teaching, research and evaluation. A database around distance education is also being developed which compiles international indices and journals.

So, if you are involved in Distance Education in any way, shape or form, head over to the online community to check out the Research themesResearch Portfolio, Open Resources, and Research Network.

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