ERIC Number: ED402462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Getting the Credit: OCN Accreditation and Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. FE Matters. FEDA Paper.
FEDA Paper, v1 n7 1996
A 1993 study examined the range of opportunities that Open College Network (OCN) accreditation offered to learners with learning difficulties and disabilities in Great Britain. It examined OCN quality processes, including recognition panels, moderation, and internal quality systems. Information was gathered from the National Open College Network, OCNs, and centers; 6 OCNS were selected as case studies; and staff and learners from 12 centers were interviewed about their provision. OCN accreditation offered a wide range of opportunities at all levels in the full range of program areas. Learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, users of the mental health services, and learners with profound and multiple disabilities were able to access OCN accreditation. OCN accreditation was offered for a number of reasons: its range and flexibility; learner centeredness; potential for credit accumulation and transfer; national recognition; potential to promote an inclusive approach; and opportunity to access Further Education Funding Council funding. In comparison with other awarding bodies, OCN quality processes were found to be equally or more rigorous. The low profile of OCN accreditation and its currency and credibility were issues that could be improved by better use of OCN-supporting information. The different approaches to assessment at entry level in terms of the apparent variation between OCN practices opened OCNs to criticism and challenged their credibility. (Appendixes include a list of key issues and questions.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Certificates, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Open Universities, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Severe Disabilities, Student Certification
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (6.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)