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EC Report: Opening up Education

Opening up Education: A Support Framework for Higher Education Institutions

This report presents a support framework for higher education institutions (HEIs) to open up education. This framework proposes a wide definition of the term ‘open education’, which accommodates different uses, in order to promote transparency and a holistic approach to practice. It goes beyond OER, MOOCs and open access to embrace 10 dimensions of open education. The framework can be used as a tool by HEI staff to help them think through strategic decisions: pedagogical approaches, collaboration between individuals and institutions, recognition of non-formal learning and different ways of making content available. Contemporary open education is mostly enabled by ICTs and because of this, there is almost limitless potential for innovation and reach, which in turn contributes to the modernisation of higher education in Europe.

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EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2015: visits to Purdue University & University of Washington

This report follows the feedback meeting held in Paris on February 12, 2016 and covers the two day-long university visits and the various workshops attended at the EDUCAUSE conference itself.  The report focuses on the IT challenges, a comprehensive student experience and top 10 IT issues & trends 2016 in the Higher Education context in the US.

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Report: Distance education in European higher education – the potential

The IDEAL project has been designed to get a better understanding of the distance education offered by higher education institutions in European countries, and to examine how higher education institutions can contribute to adult learning by way of distance education.

The present report is the third in a series published within the framework of the project ‘Impact of distance education on adult learning’ (IDEAL). IDEAL is a joint project of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), and StudyPortals (SP).

As each report presents the empirical results of a preceding study, this report focuses on the analysis of Study 3: ‘Distance education in European higher education – the potential’, which examines the profile of potential students within our 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.

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