ERIC Number: ED435045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Open Learning Materials and Learning Centres.
Clarke, Alan; Walmsley, Joyce
The availability and nature of open learning materials and centers in Great Britain were examined in a study that focused on the following: the open learning market; learning materials; commercial suppliers; basic skills materials; information technology materials; online learning; information technology and tutors; qualifications; prices; quality; standards; support; and learning centers. The research included case studies of open learning programs offered in rural and urban community learning centers, libraries, commercial enterprises, colleges, a university, and a career service. Key findings included the following: (1) Great Britain's open learning market is complex and divided into several sectors, including further education, higher education, training, individuals, and schools; (2) of the 20,000-25,000 open learning packages available in Great Britain, approximately 5,000 are computer-based packages; (3) the availability of open learning is clearly skewed in a manner dictated by market forces; (4) relatively few materials are related to basic skills development or achieving a National Vocational Qualification; (5) open learning materials are available in a wide range of media; (6) locating open learning materials is not always a straightforward process; (7) learning centers have become widely available in all sectors; and (8) the quality of open learning varies widely. (Contains 37 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adult Learning, Basic Skills, Career Counseling, Case Studies, Community Centers, Community Education, Computer Uses in Education, Counseling Services, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Media, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Learning Centers (Classroom), Libraries, Online Systems, Open Education, Place Based Education, Postsecondary Education, Private Sector, Program Costs, Public Schools, Rural Education, School Business Relationship, Services, Trend Analysis, Tutors, Urban Education
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, United Kingdom (6.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)