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ERIC Number: ED560486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 218
Abstractor: ERIC
Distance Education in European Higher Education--The Potential. Report 3 (of 3) of the IDEAL (Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning Project. Extended Version
Owusu-Boampong, Angela; Holmberg, Carl
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
This report is the third in a series published by the IDEAL (Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning) project. The IDEAL project ran from October 2013 to September 2015 with financial support from the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. The project aims to: (1) offer insights on the needs of adult learners to both policymakers and distance education providers; (2) strengthen the social dimension of higher education by better meeting the needs of adult learners; and (3) increase the participation of adult learners in higher education through distance education. This third report examines the profile of potential students within the target group of adult learners. The aim is to find out their profiles, their reasons for entering distance education, and the barriers they face in doing so. The report includes the following: (1) research methodology and data sets; (2) empirical results of the following: an online questionnaire, study choice analytics, and country case studies; and (3) synthesis and conclusion of the various findings of the questions in the study. This extended version of the report contains an annex (appendix) section that includes the following: (1) Study choice analytics overview of country groupings; (2) Online Questionnaire; (3) A list of country reports; (4) IDEAL Case Study--Finland (Nina Haltia); (5) IDEAL Case Study--Germany (Joachim Stöter and Carl von Ossietzky); (6) IDEAL Case Study--Greece (Spiros Borotis); (7) IDEAL Case Study--Hungary (Anikó Kálmán, Éva Cseszka, Maria Kocsis Baán, and Fodorné Tóth Krisztina); and (8) IDEAL Case Study--United Kingdom (John Rose-Adams and John Butcher). A glossary and bibliography are included. Individual reports and case studies contain references. [For the first report, "Distance Education in European Higher Education--The Offer," see ED560484. For the second report, "Distance Education in European Higher Education--The Students," see ED560485.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) (Germany); International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE); StudyPortals B.V. (Netherlands)
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Germany; Greece; Hungary; United Kingdom