By Phil Race

This advisor offers person pleasant recommendation and aid for these presently concerned with open studying and people contemplating it for the 1st time. 500 information for Open and on-line Learning goals not just to avoid wasting time but additionally to reinforce the standard of the training event which newcomers will draw from open and on-line studying. There are six sections of the e-book which cover:

  • What is open and on-line studying, why use it and how?
  • how to establish open and on-line studying programmes
  • designing new source materials
  • putting know-how to work
  • supporting open learners
  • assessing open learning.

This functional consultant could be a useful source, offering rapid aid to the expanding variety of humans now stressed to layout, help and bring open studying programmes.

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They have the opportunity to spend much longer than other learners may take. 3 Learners with special needs. For example, people with limited mobility may find it hard to get to the venue of a traditional course, but may have few problems studying at home. Learners with other problems may be able to work through open learning materials with the aid of an appropriate helper or supporter. Open learning is increasingly being used to address the particular needs of diverse groups, including carers, prisoners, mentally ill people, religious groups, socially excluded people, and so on.

This may be reflected by a lack of trust in the materials. Reactions such as ‘it’s not the way I would have covered this topic’ or ‘this just isn’t at the right level for my learners’ or ‘this misses out some important points my learners need to address’ reflect genuine problems. ’ may be overlooked. 45 13 Choosing published learning resources One of the problems with commercially available open learning materials is that some look good but just don’t work, and others work well but don’t look attractive.

Since open learning materials can cover most of the anticipated questions and problems that learners normally have, your role supporting open learners moves towards being an expert witness for those questions for which they really need your experience to help them. 8 You can move towards being a learning manager. This helps to give you more time and energy to focus on individual learners’ needs and difficulties, rather than simply delivering the content of the curriculum. Some of the most satisfying parts of the work of lecturers and trainers are seeing that individuals have been helped and developed.

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