Beyond Distance Education, cutting edge perspectives on the future of open universities

How the University of London external programme contributed to the ground breaking UK Open University model for distance education is described by CDE Fellow Alan Tait in a chapter for a new book reviewing the global future of distance education published by The Open University of China.

Beyond Distance Education, cutting edge perspectives on the future of open universities

How the University of London external programme contributed to the ground breaking UK Open University model for distance education is described by CDE Fellow Alan Tait in a chapter for a new book reviewing the global future of distance education published by The Open University of China.

The Open University of China, with whom the University of London Centre for Distance Education has a well established partnership, has just published a volume entitled ‘Beyond Distance Education, cutting edge perspectives on the future of open universities’. The book is made up of 16 chapters from open university leaders around the world, including Asia, North America, Africa, the Arab Region, Australia and Europe, with in addition a Foreword and Summary by the President of OUC Dr Jing Degang. A number of the chapters deal with the impact of the COVID pandemic on the practice of the open university and on higher education more widely in the country, and in addition reflect on the achievements and challenges of the open university model now more than 50 years old. CDE Fellow Alan Tait has contributed a chapter on the Open University U.K., which includes an account of the contribution the University of London external programme made to the original institutional model. The book is published in Chinese and English languages, and a digital version is promised in the near future which will make the book accessible to all.