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Stevens, Charlotte; Kelly, Patrick – Open Learning, 2012
How do open and distance learning institutions review and renew themselves to ensure their continued fitness for purpose? Here we report on the work of a change team in the UK Open University, a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning created to examine, innovate and improve student support. The existence of the Centre for five years from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Teamwork, Change Strategies
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Nikoi, Samuel K.; Rowlett, Tania; Armellini, Alejandro; Witthaus, Gabi – Open Learning, 2011
Open education resources (OER) are taking centre-stage in many higher educational institutions globally, driven by the need to raise institutional profiles, improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning and achieve universal access to education. Many academics attracted to the idea of turning teaching materials into OER have, however, found…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Education, Educational Resources, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Keats, Derek – Open Learning, 2009
Free and Open Educational Resources at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) are deeply rooted in our institutional culture, stemming from the role we played in the struggle for political freedom in South Africa. The successful development of a strategy has been influenced by this history, as well as the role of a champion in the main…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Freedom, Courseware, Organizational Change
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West, Paul; Daniel, John – Open Learning, 2009
The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) was conceived by ministers at their triennial Conference of Commonwealth Ministers of Education in 2000. The Commonwealth of Learning was asked to investigate possible models, and presented a proposal to ministers at their next conference in 2003. The concept of a virtual…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Qualifications, Virtual Universities, Educational Resources