ERIC Number: ED311891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Regional Tutorial Services of the Open University: A Case Study. ZIFF Papiere 36.
Keegan, Desmond J.
The Open University of the United Kingdom is acknowledged as the most successful distance education program yet designed. High among the reasons for its success is the student support service provided by the Regional Tutorial Services, a department of the Open University administrative structure which has received little acclaim. This paper shows how the Regional Tutorial Services copes with the problem of dropouts that has been a feature of many other distance education programs and how it seeks to provide a valid educational balance for those enrolled. Three phases in the evolution of the present administrative system are analyzed and various aspects of the 1979 structure are discussed. Attention is drawn to developments in computer recording which may enable Regional Tutorial Services to forecast possible dropouts and thus take a major step towards eliminating avoidable student withdrawal. (8 references) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: FernUniversitat, Hagen (West Germany). Zentrales Inst. fur Fernstudienforschung Arbeitsbereich.