Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning (0160)

Venue: Lucas House

Location: Birmingham,

Event Date/Time: Feb 10, 2002 End Date/Time: Feb 15, 2002
Registration Date: Feb 01, 2002
Early Registration Date: Dec 10, 2001
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Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning
Event 0160

10 - 15 February 2002
Lucas House, Birmingham
Directed by Ann Floyd, Professor of Open Learning, the UK Open University

The development of open and distance learning (ODL) has been a striking feature of higher education systems in many parts of the world in the last quarter century. Many universities have established distance teaching operations and there has been a spectacular growth in the number of 'open universities' globally. All seek to exploit the potential on offer to provide quality higher education to a wider audience whilst delivering economies of scale.

Many universities also use ODL to reach out to students beyond their national boundaries, which raises many issues in the countries where those students reside. Done well, this form of learning bears comparison with any other form, but effective systems of quality assurance are crucial to its success. This seminar will explore what is involved in effective quality assurance, drawing on the experience of a number of institutions around the world, including the UK Open University.

Open and distance learning now has a crucial part to play in education all over the world in this new century. The drive to raise levels of educational achievement and the need for lifelong learning imply an inexorably increasing demand for more learning opportunities. Many of these will need to be flexible and adaptable to the many other commitments which learners do and will have, and ODL solutions must play a very significant part. The overall aim of this seminar is to explore what it will take to do this well.

The main themes of the seminar will include

 Approaches to ODL
 Quality Assurance approaches
 Transnational and borderless education
 International and local curricula
 Supporting students
 Creating resources
 ICT and other technologies
 Lifelong learning

The seminar will be of particular interest to senior decision and policy makers who wish to understand and exploit the potential of open and distance learning; to senior managers in Higher Education and equivalent institutions, using or contemplating developing ODL; and to key players in ODL activity in these institutions.

For further information, please contact:
Information Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1865 316636
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(Programme subject to amendment)


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Fee: £1,400 (Residential)