ERIC Number: ED478443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Planning and Developing Open and Distance Learning : A Quality Assurance Approach. Radiological Studies in Distance Education.
Melton, Reginald F.
This book presents a blueprint for using a quality assurance-based approach to planning and developing open and distance learning (ODL) courses in the United Kingdom. The following are among the specific topics discussed: (1) typical aims of ODL (opening access to education; responding to student needs; designing self-study materials; student support; cost-effectiveness; the quality of materials and systems); (2) characteristics of ODL (enrolling in courses; broad characteristics of courses; parameters requiring refinement); (3) designing self-study materials (frameworks for study sessions and courses; making use of existing materials); (4) using media in ODL (scenarios illustrating media usage; traditional media; high-technology media; media selection); (5) student support systems (scenarios illustrating different types of student support; student support systems; selection of student support systems); (6) translating visions of what students need into reality; ensuring the quality of ultimate products; supporting creative thinking and meaningful exchange of views; (7) developing a course framework; materials, systems, and assessment strategies to be developed; (8) developing and using course outlines, core content for unit study guides, and self-study materials; (9) collecting data for quality assurance and quality control; and (10) the required level of institutional support. A wide range of tried-and-tested examples and case studies are presented throughout the book. Fifty-four figures are included. The bibliography lists 68 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Independent Study, Instructional Development, Instructional Materials, Lifelong Learning, Multimedia Instruction, Open Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Student Needs, Systems Approach, Technology Uses in Education
Radiological, 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE (ISBN-0-415-25480-9 (cloth) $90; ISBN-0-415-25481-7 (paper) $28.95). Web site: http://www.routledgefalmer.com/.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom