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ERIC Number: ED185966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Study Centers and Tutorial Services of the British Open University: A Council on Library Resources Project Report.
Peters, Katherine A.
Services offered by the British Open University are examined to determine the feasibility of establishing similar programs and study centers for an external degree program at Kauai Community College, Kauai, Hawaii. This report covers the history and origin, organization, courses of study, delivery systems, staff, and students at the Open University, focusing on the management, function, and effectiveness of the study centers. Information-gathering methods include interviews with administrators, staff, and students; observation of tutorials and counseling sessions; visits to typical study centers; observation of TV and radio programs broadcast by the school; and examination of their correspondence texts and kits. The Open University policy of bringing resources to learners is examined through its programs and teaching methods, which include extensive use of mass communication and correspondence learning. Study centers, established to provide contact between students and tutor-counselors, are evaluated in terms of usefulness to students and importance of the counselor. Certain elements of the Open University are then selected as appropriate for application to Kauai Community College, allowing for a smaller population and financial resources. Study centers are seen as providing radio and TV equipment for students to "attend" courses, as well as conducting tutorials and counseling sessions. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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