ERIC Number: ED112766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-15
Implications of Open Learning for Independent Study.
Wedemeyer, Charles A.
Open learning is the act or process of acquiring knowledge or a skill that is accessible and available, not confined or concealed, and that implies a continuum of access and opportunity. All open schools have one thing in common: they are to a greater or lesser extent efforts to expand the freedoms of learners. The trend towards open forms of learning cannot be separated from the extraordinary efforts in our times to create, if not a new America or a new humanity, at least better situations out of which an improved human condition may evolve. But the open learning trend is also related to a number of other phenomena--social, economic, political, technological, demographic, and educational, which has important implications for standard, conventional education, as well as for independent study. The implications seem to be significant in seven areas: mission; operations; student body; academic, curriculum, instruction, learning and reward system; access; diffusion and communications systems; and institutional support. The open learning trend is the child of independent study. It affects its parents in significant ways. This child, in fact, may win the acceptance so long denied to its parents. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the ICCE Conference (10th, Brighton, United Kingdom, May 15, 1975)