‘Distance education in European higher education – the offer’ report is now available

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The IDEAL project has launched the first of three study reports on the impact of distance education on adult learning.

The aim of this first report is to examine the distance education offer of European higher education institutions and identify the intended target groups, in particular adult learners.

For this study, the programmes and course units listed on DistanceLearningPortal.com were analysed and a survey was carried out among distance education providers.

The findings go into great detail about:

  • Providers of distance education

  • Subjects, levels, degrees and credits

  • Organisation and delivery mode

  • Entry requirements and reported target groups

  • Costs and funding opportunities for distance education

  • Flexibility of the distance education offer

  • Support to students

  • Drivers for distance education and future expectations

The released `Report 1 (of 3) Distance education in European higher education – the offer’ is the first of three independent, yet complementary research components of the IDEAL projects.

The next two reports will focus on the demand for distance and blended forms of education (including a survey among students) and country case studies on the potential of these new forms of learning. The reports will be out later this year.

To download the report, visit idealproject.eu

About the IDEAL project

IDEAL stands for “Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning“ and is a joint initiative of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and StudyPortals, and is funded by the European Commission. You can find more information on the ‘Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning’ at idealproject.eu