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How are distance teaching programs managed and administered by different types of distance education providers?

There are four main types of distance education providers:

  • Single-mode institutions, where the management's sole responsibility is designing and delivering courses for distance learners. All planning, funds, staff, and other resources are devoted to this purpose.
  • Dual-mode institutions, which in addition to providing conventional teaching, deliver distance education programs administered by a special management unit.
  • Mixed-mode institutions, where distance teaching programs are designed, delivered, and administered by the same people who provide conventional programs.
  • Consortia, arrangements in which a nation's or state's distance teaching resources are organized under a single management unit, usually made up of representatives of the institutions providing the resources.

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