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1 Global opportunities for distance learning Andrew Bollington Chief Operating Officer March 2012

2 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards The historic role of distance learning “The wife of a professional man of limited income and the mother of children, the elder of who with others I was engaged in teaching during part of the day, I had neither time nor money for attendance at college classes, but I gladly availed myself of the first opportunity for graduation offered by the new Charter, and felt justified in devoting what leisure I had, which was chiefly after 10pm, when the children were asleep, to the work of preparing for graduation” Elizabeth Hills, 1881

3 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards Distance becomes mainstream “cottage industry” programmes New external forces Consumer IT platforms Open education resources Adaptive learning

4 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards New external forces The sector is facing “the most exciting, dramatic and completely terrifying period…for at least 30 years”. Paul Marshall, Chief Executive 1994 Group of smaller research-intensive universities

5 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards New external forces Teaching rises in relative importance Private investment Size matters

6 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards So, we have the technology … … what about the content? The technology now supports (demands?) production capability beyond that of any individual. Academic content specialists Instructional designers Graphic designers Audio-visual producers Learning technologists

7 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards Open Educational Resources

8 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards

9 Open Educational Resources “Yet, like open source code, OER is free like a puppy, not free like a beer. Schools and teachers are challenged in how to find it, sort it for quality, and integrate it into what they already do”. (InfoTech Research)

10 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards Adaptive testing = ? a)25 b)30 c)35 d) = ? a)30 b)35 c)40 d) = ? a)8 b)9 c)10 d) = ? a)16.00 b)17.75 c)18.00 d) = ? a)6 b)7 c)8 d)10

11 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards Adaptive instruction Instruction that changes the lesson, and creates a learning plan, based on how well a student understands the digital content

12 Worldwide Access | Opportunity | International Standards Global opportunities for distance learning “cottage industry” programmes New external forces Consumer IT platforms Open education resources Adaptive learning


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