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The philosophy and practices of open learning: a case study for the Central University of Technology, Free State

De Beer, Karel; Hay, HR.; Bezuidenhout, J.

Abstract:

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) formulates Open Learning (OL) as “A flexible, learner-centred approach to education, seeking to increase access to educational opportunities by removing all unnecessary barriers to learning.  This involves using the full spectrum of available resources to ensure quality and cost effectiveness in meeting diverse educational needs, including preparation of the widest possible range of learners for the process of lifelong learning” (NCHE, 1996: [online]. As such the philosophy of OL was used to construct the National Plan for Higher Education in South Africa (Morrow, 1996:4 ).

OL is rather an approach than a method  that is aimed at open access to Higher Education to remove all unnecessary barriers to learning.  Furthermore, it also aims to provide learners with a reasonable chance of success in Higher Education. Therefore the focus of OL is also on learners’ specific needs and is located within the many areas of learning and training in an Higher Education system (SAIDE, 1997:4).

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Title of Paper: The philosophy and practices of open learning: a case study for the Central University of Technology, Free State
Publisher: Unpublished paper


Date:2005
Document Type:Other
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Open and Distance Learning, Open Access, Access to Higher Education, Resource Based Learning RBL, Lifelong learning, Outcomes Based Education OBE, Recognition of prior learning RPL


File Size:89 KB
Rights:Author self-archived
Date Added:21 September 2007


De Beer, Karel; Hay, J.; Bezuidenhout, J. (2005). The philosophy and practices of open learning: a case study for the Central University of Technology, Free State Unpublished.