Online Learning Update

December 20, 2012

Editorial: Online could be the future of learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by the Independent

The deal just agreed between the Open University and leading conventional universities to provide courses online could be the most significant development in UK higher education for decades. As a result, students from all over the world will be able to access courses run by Russell Group universities, such as Birmingham, Bristol and King’s College London, through a company – Futurelearn Ltd – set up by the Open University. To some extent, the UK has been slow off the mark in this respect. Although the Open University was a pioneer in distance learning in its time, many US universities have beaten their UK counterparts to the provision of internet courses. Not only that, but as the Universities minister, David Willetts, points out, emerging economies such as Brazil, India and China have already jumped on the bandwagon. As a result, their academies – and those in the US – are becoming household names to students around the world. The new scheme is thus essential to ensure that the UK maintains its position as a world-class provider of higher education.

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