ERIC Number: ED245578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Open Learning Institute of British Columbia: A Case Study. DERG Papers, Number 8.
Ellis, John F.; Mugridge, Ian
The activities of the Open Learning Institute (OLI) of British Columbia from its inception in the late 1970s through mid-1983 are described. It is noted that the mandate of the OLI was to make available throughout the Canadian province courses and programs to students who were unable or unwilling to take advantage of other educational opportunities. After outlining the physical setting, population, economy, and communications of British Columbia, the report describes the province's educational system. Early considerations of the OLI are covered, including its origins and purpose, internal and external governance, students, programs, and curricula, course development, and delivery and support. The current status of the curriculum is also addressed with attention to courses developed, course design and development, media and methods, delivery system, and course and program quality. Present enrollment, student characteristics, and the basic student support system are also covered. Finally, the organizational structure of the institute, decisionmaking, finance, and interinstitutional relationships are discussed. Information on North American terminology and university degree structure is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Open Universities, Program Administration, Program Development, School Organization, Student Characteristics, Vocabulary
Open University, Walton Hall, Room Q229, M Block), Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, United Kingdom (2.00, British pounds, including postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley (England). Distance Education Research Group.