Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Open Universities

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_216



Open universities is a collective term that encompasses higher education institutions that only operate a distance education model (referred to as using a single mode) rather than only, or also using, a traditional campus-based education model (institutions that use both are known as dual mode rather than single mode). They use communication technologies and large-scale operations and aim to offer greater flexibility and/or openness to studying at tertiary level to largely mature adults. Not all open universities carry open in their title and many universities offer distance teaching alongside campus-based teaching. Most students of open universities study part time compared to most campus-based students studying full time. Open universities are also driven by social idealism, economic pragmatism, and technological innovation and...

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  1. 1.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK