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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Save Money

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

Sabine
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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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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.

Universities in the spotlight

Sustainability Management School (SUMAS)

Gland, Switzerland

SUMAS successfully delivers to its students’ traditional business programs as well as innovative and specialized Bachelor and Master Programs based on managerial practices. To ensure your future success, while providing unique and specialized programs, SUMAS also guarantees that you receive the relevant professional and entrepreneurial skills, through networking and hands-on collaboration with corporate partners.

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Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, Canada

In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you'll find Simon Fraser University. Our vision? To be Canada's leading engaged university. Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

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Joint venture with University of St Andrews and TheFishSite.com

University of St Andrews

Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The University of St Andrews in association with TheFishSite and Fish Vet Group offer sustainable aquaculture courses to ensure you can achieve your career advancement goals. Accelerate your career development in aquaculture and get practical work experience in the aquaculture industry.

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University of Canberra

Canberra, Australia

The University of Canberra is committed to preparing graduates for successful and rewarding careers in the professions, commerce and public service. We’re here to help you develop the strengths and skills you need to make substantial academic, professional and personal breakthroughs. Our degrees and qualifications are respected and recognised internationally.

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OBS Online Business School

Barcelona, Spain

Online Business School (OBS) nace en 2007 como la primera escuela de negocios 100% online en lengua española. Se funda en el entorno del Grupo Planeta, líder mundial en la publicación de contenidos para el mercado de habla hispana y con un importante know how en e – learning, con la colaboración de dos partners estratégicos: La Universitat de Barcelona, EAE Business School.

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