Equity and access as keys for opening open learning: the case for virtually facilitated work-based learning

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Van Der Laan, Lucas and Neary, Liz. 2016. "Equity and access as keys for opening open learning: the case for virtually facilitated work-based learning." Open Learning and Formal Credentialing in Higher Education: Curriculum Models and Institutional Policies. United States. IGI Global. pp. 263-290
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Equity and access as keys for opening open learning: the case for virtually facilitated work-based learning

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2177
Book TitleOpen Learning and Formal Credentialing in Higher Education: Curriculum Models and Institutional Policies
AuthorsVan Der Laan, Lucas and Neary, Liz
Page Range263-290
Number of Pages28
Year2016
PublisherIGI Global
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISBN9781466688575
1466688564
9781466688568
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8856-8.ch014
Web Address (URL)https://www.igi-global.com/gateway/chapter/135650
Abstract

This chapter adopts a critical perspective of how open education (OE), based on the principles of equity and access, aligns with the mega-drivers of contemporary higher education. These include key drivers of OE such as lifelong learning, self-directed career development and credentialing. The process of synthesising learning, work and transition within what is described as the 'conceptual age' of work, is daunting to the majority of members of the workforce globally. A combination of regulation, academic dogma underpinning traditional university models and rigid assumptions as to the nature of knowledge frustrate the promotion of OE. This case study explores a work-based learning (WBL) university program designed to broaden access and equity to universities within the context of mega-drivers shaping higher education demand. The model complements rather than competes with traditional university offerings and represents a pragmatic response to the barriers to participation and OE principles.

KeywordsEquity ; Open Learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390308. Technical, further and workplace education
390115. Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
390305. Professional education and training
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