Flexible Learning in an Open and Distributed Environment

Flexible Learning in an Open and Distributed Environment

Badrul H. Khan (The George Washington University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-325-8.ch001


Advances in information technology, coupled with changes in society, have had a tremendous impact on our educational and training systems. Participants in this educational and training paradigm require rich learning environments supported by well designed resources. They expect on-demand, anytime/anywhere high-quality learning environments with good support services. In other words, they want increased flexibility in learning—they want to have more say in what they learn, when they learn, and where and how they learn. They may choose a mix of traditional and new learning approaches and technology; they may want to study at their chosen time and location and at their own pace. Therefore, flexible learning can be defined as an innovative approach for delivering well-designed, learner-centered, and interactive learning environments to anyone, anyplace, anytime by utilizing the attributes and resources of the Internet, digital technologies, and other modes of learning in concert with instructional design principles. Can we do what learners want? Nunan (1996) stated:

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