Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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What strikes me the most: Distance education programmes are often cheaper than their traditional counter parts

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For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

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Starting an online programmes is literally just clicks away; no need to be physically present at all!

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Open courseware or how to study for free

Many universities deliver now courses for free. This is called open courseware or open educational resources. You will find them at undergraduate and graduate level or for continuous professional development. Sometimes they are enriched with discussion forums and self-assessment tools to check your study progress. These courses take you 1 to 100 hours of study. Also on YouTube and iTunesU, universities publish free material (video-recordings). All this contributes to informal learning.

In Europe, also open access (Open Access-publishing en free online scholarship) is supported by most universities. In open access repositories, a wide variety of research articles is published and freely accessible on line.

Both sources can help you as an individual learner to update your knowledge. Many students subsequently decide to take a formal course or to engage in CPD.

It may be expected that universities will combine these initiatives of informal learning on subject area or profession related portals to share knowledge systematically and to connect students with formal learning opportunities.

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Universities in the spotlight

Tallinn University

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn University (TU) is a continuously developing, modern university. The universitys main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, as well as a strong and constantly growing component in the field of the natural and exact sciences.

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University of Surrey

Guildford, United Kingdom

We are a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward-thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of going our own way, doing things differently – and achieving notable results.

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University of Lincoln

Lincoln, United Kingdom

The University of Lincoln has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the university league tables for good reason: we put students at the heart of everything we do. Added to that, we are a research-based university with quality teaching and excellent career prospects for our graduates.

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University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Strathclyde has always welcomed its students with open arms - and we do our best to make sure everyone enjoys their time at university to the full. And as well offering you a flexible, innovative learning environment, we want to help you have fun in one of the world's must-see cities.

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Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Heriot-Watt is a vibrant, forward looking University offering a high quality learning experience and a welcoming and friendly environment. With an international reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge but practical research, it is one of the leading UK universities for business and industry.

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