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Open Access Implications for Sustainable Social, Political, and Economic Development
Dedicated universities set us solely for the promotion of open and distance learning and which use a wide array of technologies for that purpose.
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The State of Access in Open and Distance Learning in Sub-Saharan Africa
Gbolagade Adekanmbi (Botswana Open University, Botswana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5018-2.ch009
This chapter examines the state of access in open and distance learning (ODL) and discusses eight nations across sub-Saharan Africa countries. The influence of open universities and private universities in promoting the use and growth of open educational resources (OERs) is seen. Governments are actively involved in enhancing policies to promote access while most visions and agendas of the countries in the sub-continent are linked to and aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The growth of information technological platforms is seen, and their influence on the development of OERs and innovations in educational programmes are evident. For the enhancement of access, the promotion of sustainable development, and the growth of tertiary education, sub-Saharan Africa must aim for more innovative use of modern technologies.
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Online Learning: An Examination of Contexts in Corporate, Higher Education, and K-12 Environments
The first Open University began as a distance education institution in England in 1969, long before the advent of online learning. Today, there are dozens of Open Universities across the globe, with a combined student population of tens of millions. Open University of China has 2.7 million students.
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Openness Dimension of Distance Teaching Universities
This term is often used interchangeably with ‘distance teaching universities’, though a handful of distance education providers are entitled as an ‘open university’. All of the open universities employ an open admission policy.
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