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This article was originally published as Herrington, J, Reeves, T, & Oliver, R, Online learning as information delivery: Digital myopia, Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 16(4), 2005, 353-367. Original published article available here.


In business and commerce, the concept of marketing myopia has been a useful tool to predict, analyze and explain the rise and fall of businesses. In this paper, we question whether the concept can also be used to predict the ultimate downfall of online learning in higher education, if universities continue to confuse their key mission—education—with the much more product-oriented aim of information delivery. The proliferation of information-based online courses is examined within the context of the limitations imposed by widely used course management systems, institutional impediments and other factors that encourage teachers to adopt information delivery in preference for more innovative, authentic pedagogies. Data and findings are reported from teachers and instructional designers who have been successful in offering complex and sustained tasks online.

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