ERIC Number: ED246979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Learning Materials for Open Learning in Further Education. Coombe Lodge Working Paper. Information Bank Number 1606.
Arguing that extensive efforts to produce open learning materials should not be undertaken until the possibility of using or adapting existing materials is considered, this paper identifies current sources of materials available in Great Britain for non-advanced further education. The first sections of the paper review common types of open learning materials; i.e., correspondence course texts, programmed learning texts, textbooks designed for independent study, and specially-prepared study packages. Next, the paper notes the increased willingness of British correspondence schools to make their course materials available to further education colleges for use in open learning systems, while protecting their copyright. Cost factors are considered next, such as the availability of individual units, cash or quantity discounts, and the requirements for additional textbooks. The final sections underscore the importance of appraising course materials in light of the variability of format, quality, and suitability for open learning. Appendix 1 lists six British colleges willing to discuss arrangements with other institutions for the use of their materials, and identifies the kinds of materials each offers. Appendix 2 provides a checklist for evaluating open learning materials on the basis of their content, requirements for additional study material and special arrangements, introduction, subject-matter, form of presentation, conclusion, tutor marked assignments, and suitability for open learning. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).; Council for Educational Technology, London (England).
Identifiers: United Kingdom