The challenges for mature life-long learners: insights from video diaries of first-time distance students

Brown, Mark and Hughes, Helen and Hard, Natasha and Keppell, Mike and Smith, Liz (2012) The challenges for mature life-long learners: insights from video diaries of first-time distance students. In: European Distance and E-Learning Network Conference (EDEN 2012): Open Learning Generations: Closing the Gap from Generation Y to the Mature Lifelong Learners , 6-9 Jun 2012, Porto, Portugal.

Abstract

Distance education has its roots in opening access and providing educational opportunities for diverse and geographically dispersed learners. The convenience and flexibility of distance education has historically provided an important pathway into higher education for mature life-long learners who often face significant issues in accessing such educational opportunities. However, in recent years the relatively low retention and completion rates of distance learners have come into sharp relief. Set against this backdrop the paper offers insights into the challenges of opening access to higher education through a research project investigating the experiences of first-time distance students.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2014 03:41
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 06:15
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23602

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