Distance, Open and Lifelong Learning
This page provides links to some general resources that look at the concepts of distance, open and lifelong learning.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"We feature hundreds of degree programs across numerous accredited online and traditional schools. Best of all, most of our degrees are designed for working professionals so you can continue in your current career while you attend school".
Added: 09 February 2007
US Based company with links to well known e-learning programmes.
"Your independent voice for lifelong learning"
Updated: 20 September 2005
Government-supported website for the encouragement, promotion and development of lifelong learning
"Providing resources and guidance on Online degree education and distance learning, learning and training, schools college and university"
Added: 28 April 2004
A new but growing site about distance learning
"Web-based learning and teaching is a rapidly growing area in education. Traditional forms of distance education are being transformed as the Internet becomes the new medium for communication. Web-based course delivery can offer a vibrant learning environment created through different teaching strategies, activities, and technologies. This paper briefly outlines some of the literature relevant to this new educational milieu providing insight into constructivist epistemology, situated learning, cognitive apprenticeship, and instructional design of web-based learning." Jeff Boulton, Graduate Student, Educational Communications and Technology, University of Saskatchewan, February 2002
Added: 4 September 2003
Summary - "This paper has attempted to address the theoretical underpinnings of virtual learning, as well as strategies for designing online instruction and issues surrounding this form of education. Understanding this new educational milieu will help instructional designers, and educators in the struggle to create and deliver successful inclusive online courses.
"The fundamental issue here-what's really wrong with distance learning-is a flaw inherent to many design situations: well-intentioned managers and designers so totally fall in love with designing and building that they get disconnected from those who are stuck trying to use their stuff." Reinhard Ziegler, e-Learning Magazine, 1 December 2002
Added: 11 January 2003
"Learning design must focus on the experience, not just the content. The point isn't simply what's being cooked up, or how it's delivered, but how it tastes.
"The present paper aims to review open and distance learning in the context of present challenges and opportunities, decribe relevant concepts and contributions, outline some significant current global and regional trends, suggest policy and strategy considerations and identify UNESCO's initiatives in this area ..." UNESCO, 2002
Added: 3 January 2003
A thorough analysis of 96 pages
"Learning today is no longer confined to institutions such as schools, colleges, companies and training centres. New technologies and tools offer all members of society greater flexibility, easier access to information and the opportunity to match learning to their specific needs and circumstances."
Added: 18 May 2002
The Learning Citizen is an initiative sponsored by the European Commission with the specific objective of facilitating and enhancing lifelong learning for all members of society
"Lifelong learning is a direct response to the decline in lifelong employment. The age of lifelong employment was reflected by gradual change and a formal education for a fixed period that, by and large, lasted you through your career." Gerry McGovern, 6 May 2002
Added: 10 May 2002
"The organization can offer a new set of promises to the knowledge worker"
Covering the field of distance education since 1995.
Updated: 27 April 2002
New design of their site launched
"Can we debunk some of the myths?" Robert Aucoin, Distance Education Coordinator, ATL, University of Alberta, Canada
Added: 16 January 2002
The beginning and end slides of this PowerPoint presentation are particularly useful
"The promises of distance education to provide high-quality educational pro-grams that can be undertaken anywhere and at any time are not new. Similar promises were made early in the 20th century by correspondence study programs. These programs failed to realize their promises because they were confronted by a fundamental trade-off between quality - personalized education - and quantity - the widespread communication of the message to large numbers of students. When higher education confronted this trade-off, they opted to choose the quantity model. That choice eventually led to a widespread dissatisfaction with the quality of correspondence education." THE Journal, December 2001
Added: 7 December 2001
"This study explores the factors related to using distance learning to meet the continuing education needs of professionals in knowledge related fields. College programs and accreditation are discussed, as well as the needs for individual credentials, increasing knowledge, and personal development" Judith L Forbes, first Monday, November 2000
Added: 21 August 2001
Distance education facilitates lifelong learning
The concept of open and distance learning, Open and distance learning systems, Glossary of open and distance learning terms" The Commonwealth of Learning
Added: 30 July 2001
Also available as a pdf file
"I am often asked to describe the characteristics of a lifelong learner. After one of my off-the-cuff answers, I invariably realise that I have omitted something that I should have included. So, I thought it would be useful to write down my description so that I can produce it on demand, as if by magic, from my inside pocket." Peter Honey, May 2001
Added: 16 July 2001
Peter Honey describes a lifelong learner
"Individual Learning Accounts are a new way to help you pay for your learning. Backed by the Government, and supported by learning providers, trade unions and employers, Individual Learning Accounts offer a package of discounts that make it easier for you to get into learning." my-ila.com
Added: 27 June 2001
Find out about the government initiative to help learners pay for their learning
"the leading web site for the encouragement, promotion and development of lifelong learning. Lifelong Learning is supported by the Access to Learning for Adults Division of the Department for Education and Skills."
Added: 23 June 2001
The government's site on lifelong learning with links to lots of different types of lifelong learning resources
"It is hard enough for developing nations to build new brick-and-mortar universities to keep up with population growth, let alone with expanding enrollment. So in Beijing, Jakarta, and elsewhere, governments are ordering their large state-run distance-learning institutions to take up part of the slack by increasing enrollments fast." Burton Bollag, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2001
Added: June 2001
"The web's number one resource for information on distance learning".
A series of Guides produced by Engineering Outreach at the University of Idaho
"celebrates 5 years of bringing descriptions of distance education web sites, along with links to lead you to further Distance Learning and education resources."