L'institutionnalisation de la formation à distance au Québec: le cas de la Télé-université (1972–1992)

Abstract : This thesis examines the institutionalization process of distance education in Quebec, which is analyzed with respect to the case of Télé-université. The thesis covers the history of Télé-Université from the moment of its creation as an experimental organization in 1972 until the granting of its letters of incorporation as an École supérieure in 1992. Although Télé-université may not be the oldest institution of distance education in Quebec, it is however the most important distance learning university, when measured in terms of total enrollment, representing the major part of enrollment for this way of teaching.

Our study stresses the diversity of expectations that have been invested in distance education, as well as the multiplicity of factors (social, economical, organizational and political) that have determined the process of its institutionalization. Particular attention is devoted to the analysis of the process through which Télé-université received its letters of incorporation. The analysis reveals that the public decisionmaking appears to be a highly contingent phenomenon, depending on the aleatory coming together of problems and solutions, and in the presence of decisionmakers prone to action. Our study thus traces both the means that were employed and the justifications that were evoked during this process of institutional transformation and how this can be related to a public policy for distance education.
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Patrick Guillemet. L'institutionnalisation de la formation à distance au Québec: le cas de la Télé-université (1972–1992). Sociologie. Université de Montréal, 2004. Français. ⟨tel-00103296⟩

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