Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Flexibility

I don’t depend on the visiting hours of my tutors any longer. Convenient online tools provide direct feedback on my progress

Joanna
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Individual support

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

Jake
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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

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Open courseware or how to study for free

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An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is an open digital publication, offered free of charge, that provides high quality educational materials for colleges and universities. These study materials are generally organized into courses, and often include planning materials and evaluation tools, in addition to educational content. Such studies do not typically provide certification or access to direct teacher assistance.

How OpenCourseWare was created

The OpenCourseWare project started in 1999 when the University of Tübingen in Germany published online video lectures. The movement gained popularity with the launch of MIT OpenCourseWare at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002, followed by other major universities in the United States.

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Goals

The Open Education Consortium is a community formed of higher education institutions and organizations committed to promoting and advancing open education worldwide. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing with the advances of the latest technological advancements to create an open educational resource database, relevant to a great variety of learner needs.

Classic style education is limited by class capacity of higher education institutions, so it is only available to a limited number of students. Open Education helps individuals and societies solve these challenges and open the way to a global audience that may benefit from free, high-quality educational resources.

Benefits

OpenCourseWare fulfils people’s desire to learn, and offers benefits to many interested groups:

  • Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed.
  • Workers gain valuable help for their jobs can learn something that will help them on the job.
  • Faculty members can exchange ideas and information with peers around the world.
  • Researchers share data and develop new networks.
  • Teachers find improved ways to help students learn.

Materials may be translated, edited, improved, mixed together and shared. Education has never been more available and free to such a vast audience.

Universities in the spotlight

University College Zealand

Vordingborg, Denmark

University College Zealand is the regional university college in the Danish region of Zealand offering ten bachelor degree programmes, 2 of which are taught in English. We have 10,000 students and 600 staff at four campuses: Campus Næstved, Campus Roskilde, Campus Slagelse and Campus Storstrøm.

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Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria)

Leiria, Portugal

IPLeiria is a public institution of higher education that began its activity in 1980 and is present in the region of Leiria and West through its five schools of higher education, located in Leiria (School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Technology and Management and School of Health), Caldas da Rainha (School of Arts and Design) and Peniche (School of Tourism and Sea Technology).

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Paris - ISM - International School of Management

Paris, France

The International School of Management is one of the world’s most innovative executive education communities. From MBA to doctoral degrees, ISM faculty, students, and alumni come together from the four corners of the globe to facilitate knowledge sharing, learning, and networking in ways that produce professional value and life-enhancing results.

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International Telematic University UNINETTUNO

Roma, Italy

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, established with the decree of the 15 April 2005 of the Minister of Education, University and Research, is born from NETTUNO – Network per l’Università Ovunque, a Consortium of 43 Italian and foreign universities which, since 1992, thousands of students took a distance university degree thanks to the use of technology applied to distance education, and from the international-level success of the European Med Net’U (Mediterranean Network of Universities) Project.

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The Open University UK

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.

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