Process of innovation in distance education systems management: relevance and state of the art
This study intends to show the relevance of the innovation process within distance education systems by analyzing the way it has been dealt with by distance education systems researchers. By considering the studies about this theme done by Rumble (2003), Casas-Armengol (2005) and Moore and Kearsley (2008), several elements related to a distance education system and its management are discused. Beginning with Schumpeter’s arguments and working up to more recent research regarding organizational innovation, this essay pays special attention to innovation as a process and focuses on the dynamics that characterize the management of such systems. The state of the art is analyzed using articles that were published from 2005 until 2009 in the following databases: ERIC, SciELO, EBSCO, Science Direct and Wiley. Results indicate growing attention to this theme, although there is an insufficient distinction made between conceptual issues and the types of innovation which are referenced. The analysis reveals paths for future research related to the understanding of innovation in the management of distance education systems.
Distance education; process of innovation; management of distance education systems.