By Phil Race
This advisor presents consumer pleasant suggestion and aid for these at present concerned with open studying and people contemplating it for the 1st time. 500 counsel for Open and on-line Learning goals not just to avoid wasting time but additionally to reinforce the standard of the educational adventure which novices will draw from open and on-line studying. There are six sections of the publication 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 expertise to work
- supporting open learners
- assessing open learning.
This useful consultant can be a useful source, offering fast aid to the expanding variety of humans now stressed to layout, aid and convey open studying programmes.
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46 ADOPT, ADAPT OR START FROM SCRATCH? 4 Check the standards. The standards to which the learning outcomes will be delivered should be most clearly evident from the levels of tasks in the materials. In particular, if tutor-marked assignment questions are included in the materials, see whether they are pitched at an appropriate level for your learners and decide whether you may indeed use them as they stand. 5 Think about the tone and style of the materials. Most open learning materials work better when the tone and style is relatively personal and informal.
2 You can judge the relevance of each learning programme. Because open learning programmes are normally based on clearly stated intended learning outcomes, you can check how useful the achievement of these outcomes by your staff will be for your own organisation. 3 You can judge the standard of the training. Open learning materials include self-assessment tasks and exercises, and tutor-marked assignments, all of which help you to see the standard to which your staff are being trained. The assessed components of open learning materials and programmes help you to monitor the actual level to which the intended learning outcomes can be expected to be achieved by your staff.
For example, open learning can continue for almost all weeks of the year, making good use of learning resources centres, libraries and computing facilities, as well as of staff. Care needs to be taken, however, to ensure that all staff have adequate opportunities both to plan and to take holidays and other kinds of absence, such as attending training programmes themselves, or participating in conferences and meetings. 10 Open learning can reduce peak demand levels. For example, with ‘rollon, roll-off’ open learning programmes (or flexible learning elements in 30 WHAT IS OPEN LEARNING AND WHY USE IT?