ERIC Number: ED392396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Open and Distance Learning: Alternative Approaches to the Delivery of Post-Secondary Education. An Identification of Trends, a Discussion of Issues, and a Review of Models. A Discussion Paper.
This report discusses forces that are shaping alternative approaches to the delivery of postsecondary education, particularly distance education and open learning. One of these forces is the ever-changing composition of the student body, whose demands are increasing and whose needs are becoming more disparate because of a more and more sophisticated labor market. Distance education is being used successfully as a more cost- effective and less labor-intensive way in which to educate large numbers; in view of that trend tailored solutions for affordable student-centered education and some stylized models for open universities are provided. In addition to sketching background information, this report also explores specific issues regarding oversight of open-learning programs by the state government for consumer protection, the logistics of credit transfer and credentialing, and strategic considerations for implementing open learning situations and technologies. (BEW)
Descriptors: Consumer Protection, Cost Effectiveness, Credentials, Distance Education, Educational Demand, Models, Nontraditional Education, Open Universities, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, School Demography, State Regulation, Strategic Planning, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board, St. Paul.
Identifiers: Credit Transfer; Minnesota; Open Learning