How open learning has expanded the horizons of disadvantaged students to gain access to higher education

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Todhunter, Barrie and Penno, Julie. 2017. "How open learning has expanded the horizons of disadvantaged students to gain access to higher education." 2017 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia Conference: Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning: Openness, Community, Innovation.. Melbourne, Australia 05 - 07 Feb 2017
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How open learning has expanded the horizons of disadvantaged students to gain access to higher education

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsTodhunter, Barrie (Author) and Penno, Julie (Author)
Number of Pages11
Year2017
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://odlaa.org/odlaa_events/2017-conference/
Conference/Event2017 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia Conference: Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning: Openness, Community, Innovation.
Event Details
2017 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia Conference: Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning: Openness, Community, Innovation.
Event Date
05 to end of 07 Feb 2017
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

This discussion paper provides insights into how a regional Australian university creates opportunities through distance education for students from increasingly diverse educational, social, geographic and economic circumstances to gain tertiary education that was previously denied to them. It explores through a qualitative approach how a tertiary preparatory program offered by a regional university that specialises in distance education has expanded the horizons for previously isolated and disadvantaged students by examining their experiences through their eyes. In particular, it explores the themes of openness and community. A preliminary conceptual framework is proposed to show the dimensions of open and distance learning in a tertiary preparatory program. That framework will be explored and refined as part of future doctoral studies.

Keywordsdistance education, tertiary preparation program, online learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Management and Enterprise
Open Access College
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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