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- ItemOpen AccessAsa Briggs Lecture: Open Learning for Development: Towards Empowerment and Transformation(2013-12) Tait, AlanAsa Briggs Lecture presented by Mr. Alan Tait, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Learning for Development, Commonwealth of Learning, Professor, Distance Education and Development, Open University, United Kingdom, at the Seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, 4 December 2013, International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.
- ItemOpen AccessDoctoral Study and Research Degrees: Online and Distance Programmes(2018-05) Tait, Alan; Mohee, RomeelaThis policy brief outlines current online doctoral and research degree programmes, providing an overview of their structures and recommendations to universities and regulatory bodies who are seeking to offer them online. // The information and data in this policy brief is based on the report on the "Status of Research and Engineering Programmes Offered Online" (Link: http://hdl.handle.net/11599/3050).
- ItemOpen AccessEditorial(2014) Tait, AlanIn a world crowded by journals, what is the need for a new one? The worlds of education and development live two separate lives, and educators in particular too often limit their interest to the educational systems within which they work – hard and innovatively – without, however, often enough making that further step to plan for and evaluate the impact on and outcomes in development. This is as relevant in the richer countries, with their social segmentation and lack of equity in opportunity, not to speak of relative if not so often absolute poverty, as in the poorer countries. This journal aims to promote that alignment of learning for development
- ItemOpen AccessEngineering Education: Online and Distance Programmes(2018-05) Tait, Alan; Mohee, RomeelaThis policy brief outlines current online engineering programmes and their structures, and provides recommendations to universities and regulatory bodies who are seeking to offer this programme online. // The information and data in this policy brief is based on the report on the "Status of Research and Engineering Programmes Offered Online" .
- ItemOpen AccessFrom the Emeritus Editor…(2016) Tait, AlanIt is difficult for educators to immerse themselves in development thinking and recognise how education contributes as more than a ‘thing in itself’, but as one of an array of crucial streams of activity for human and social development. We have been able to publish articles addressing major focus areas for development, e.g., health, schooling, teacher development, agriculture, and community development that are purposefully constructed with such explicit goals. Taking that dimension of analysis into all programme areas, in partnership with the new thinking needed about sustainability, represents an agenda as ambitious as it is essential. This journal represents one important space where this work can focus
- ItemOpen AccessMOOCs: The Consequences for Learning and Teaching in Credit Bearing Programmes(2019-09) Hatzipanagos; Tait, AlanThis paper reports on work undertaken in 2017 and 2018 for the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) of the University of London. We explored the impact on practice in learning and teaching for academic practitioners and other professionals in the University of London network who have been involved with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Our findings indicate that there is an additional, ‘unintended’ gain of transferring good practice gained from participation in MOOCs to other aspects of one’s practice, career or professional role. This is not normally an explicit objective when MOOCs are designed and developed. The outcomes of our investigation throw light on the nature of innovation in institutions of Higher Education, and support the strategy of institutional investment in MOOCs in order to reform the broader practice of learning and teaching on and off campus. // Paper ID 191
- ItemOpen AccessPlanning Student Support in Open and Distance Learning in the U.K.(1999-03) Tait, AlanPCF1 // This paper aims to identify the principles of planning for the development and management of student support services in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It is intended that a robust but flexible framework of ideas will be developed, which will provide a basis for work in an international context in a range of different societies and educational systems. // First of all it is necessary to identify what is meant by student support services in ODL. By these are meant the range of services for individuals and students in groups which complement the course materials that are uniform for all learners, and which are often perceived as the major offering of ODL institutions. The function of student support services is to mediate the standard and uniform elements of course materials and other administrative services, primarily through recognising differentiated learner needs. Support services for students may typically include enquiry, advice and admission services, tutorial and counselling services, study and examination centres, and elements of continuous assessment and individualised correspondence teaching.. The division of labour between standard elements and student support services remains true irrespective of medium, e.g. whether core media are print and face to face, or the new generation of ODL of computer mediated conferencing (CMC). It is true however that CMC presents enormous opportunities to rethink student support in ways that are not yet well understood, in particular with regard to time and place. //