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ERIC Number: EJ930571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
The Role of the Arab Open University, as a Distance Education Institution, in Social Communication and Development in the Arab Region
Zakari, Mohammed I.; Alkhezzi, Fahad
Education, v131 n2 p273-287 Win 2010
This qualitative study describes the ways by which Arab Open University (AOU) contributes to social development. Ever since it was founded in 2002 and with branches in seven Arab countries, the AOU has succeeded in allowing higher education access to students of all genders, nationalities, and age groups, including those who are over 60 years old. Having a unique organizational structure and teaching methods that are new to the Arab region, the university helps its students gain new set of effective information technology skills that would enable wide social communication and cooperation among students in the seven Arab countries. Moreover, the AOU also helps in encouraging democracy activities. This study, on the other hand, has also concluded that the AOU is in need of more open-learning centers in remote areas as its branches are exclusively located now in big cities. Founding open-learning centers in remote areas would enable the AOU to fulfill its mission in these areas. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A