Examples of Online Learning

Universities Play Catch-up to the OU at 40

The Open University is forty years old this year and is still the world leader for distance learning. That the OU has been moving in the correct direction all this time is borne out by the number of online and distance learning courses offered by the traditional institutions as they learn how to do things …

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OU Call for Volunteers

Centre for Human Ecology graduate Helen Jeans has been running an exciting new project which needs participants! Would you like to get involved? Helen writes: “The Open University is developing a new Internet site to support collaborative learning called SocialLearn. The pilot version of SocialLearn is focused on climate change as part of the Open University’s Learning to Live …

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Adult Learners’ Week

Adult Learners’ Week runs from 9th to 15th May this year and NCS is doing its bit to support it. You can try some course snippets and a complete free course over at the NCS ALW page. Try a course on Archaeology, Health Care or Herbology. It’s all free for Adult Learners’ Week.

Happy Easter

A happy Easter to all our readers! It also looks like the weather is improving; just the right time to be taking a course with an outdoors element. May we suggest getting out in the garden for some Herbal Remedies, or maybe the Ecology of Your Garden is of interest? Maybe travel beckons and an …

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Online Learning Goes Deeper

Researchers at Indiana University have discovered an unsuspected benefit for online learners over those working in more traditional ways. It seems that the online approach lends itself to deep learning, a type of learning that goes beyond rote memorising and focuses on reflection, integrative learning, and higher-order thinking such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The …

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New Courses At NCS College

Two new courses have been introduced to the catalogue of the NCS College of Online Learning. These are “Your Story – Writing A Life” and “The Wonderful World Of Psychology.”  If you have feel you have life experiences that would interest a wider readership, then Joanna Howard’s course could provide you with the tools to …

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Non-vocational Adult Learning Comes Back, but Without Teachers?

Peter Davies, principal of City Lit, is concerned that the Government’s desire to promote what it terms “informal adult learning” may herald the decline of traditional classes and leave many learners to study alone with little more than the support of the internet. A consultation paper published in January by the Department for Innovation, Universities …

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