A Comparative Case Study

This paper examines how UK universities could usefully develop strategies to maximize the potential benefit that open/distance learning might offer

Des Monk; Julie Hitchen

2010

Scholarcy highlights

  • This article is concerned with the provision of open and distance learning by the higher education sectors in two countries, the UK and Finland
  • This paper examines how UK universities could usefully develop strategies to maximize the potential benefit that open/distance learning might offer
  • Finland was chosen as a comparator because it is widely regarded as an innovative country in open/distance learning
  • In the UK, as elsewhere, it is likely that open/distance learning will become more important in the near future; as mentioned previously, the Learning and Skills Council estimates that over half of all workplace learning will be via the use of distance learning materials in the five years
  • Faced with a probable expansion in demand, it would seem wise for UK universities to think carefully about the importance of strategic alliances, not least because of the pace of technological change
  • To that end University of Central Lancashire has already committed itself to the formation of alliances with other institutions as part of its e-learning strategy
  • Kajaani Polytechnic is part of the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic, which incorporates all 31 of the country‚Äôs polytechnic institutions

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