New Providers, New Approaches: Towards a World of Mass Higher Education

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2007-09-13
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Daniel, John
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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Third Global Forum on International Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications, Learners and New Higher Education Spaces: Challenges for Quality Assurance and the Recognition of Qualifications, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 13-14 September 2007, New Providers, New Approaches: Towards a World of Mass Higher Education, Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning // A key challenge for the 21st century is to extend mass higher education to the world by bridging the gap between current age participation rates (APRs) of less than 10% in poor countries and rates exceeding 50% in rich ones. Opening up access to tens of millions of new students requires radical cuts in the cost of higher education. Already the profile of provision shows growing roles for private providers, distance learning and cross-border supply. But new approaches are also needed. Expanding connectivity and the growing pool of open educational resources could be combined to move teaching and learning from a 20th century industrial model to a 21st century information-network model. Could this make possible the radical cost-cutting required to bring higher education to a mass clientele worldwide? Are providers up to the challenge?

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Mass Education,Higher Education,Quality Assurance
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Tanzania
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Africa,Global
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