ERIC Number: ED367207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Strategic Planning and Open Learning: Turkey Tails and Frogs.
This paper discusses the principles of strategic planning and how they can be applied in open and distance learning for greater student success. The model selected for discussion is the Applied Strategic Planning Model which proposes nine important steps for strategic planning: planning to plan, values audit, mission formulation, strategic business modeling, performance audit, contingency planning, gap analysis, integrated functional plans, and implementation. The paper argues that the rate and depth of change in the world demands strategic planning for effective, holistic response to complex situations. A further section elaborates on the profound global and educational changes now taking place, changes that are bringing education to the threshold of a different reality. Effective response demands that planners completely rethink their approach to planning and particularly that they abandon linear planning and be open to challenging all assumptions about change. A discussion of technology's impact suggests that traditional institutions may advance beyond distance education in taking advantage of technological improvements. In planning, the factory model where the learner is product will not work. Planning must enable learners and learning. A conclusion urges distance educators and institutions to be awake and responsive to these changes. (Contains 23 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Learning Agency, Burnaby (British Columbia).
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Council in Distance Education (Bangkok, Thailand, November 1992).