n Communicatio : South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research - Communication science in the context of higher/distance education : changes and challenges

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0250-0167



This inaugural lecture focuses on Communication science and incorporates aspects related to the teaching, learning and researching thereof. I elected to situate these aspects in the context of higher and distance (or distributed) education (DE), provided by institutions, such as UNISA, because the characteristics of adult learners who study at a distance and their motivation to learn, differ from those of younger learners. The subtitle of the lecture (namely changes and challenges) refers to changes in the South African higher educational sector, as well as changes in the way in which we communicate in the new millennium - especially changes brought about by electronically-mediated communication.

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