Presentation on adults and distance learning - the potential for higher education

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If you missed the webinar on adults and distance learning organized by ICDE and partners recently, you can watch browse the presentation online.

This webinar took a closer look at the current distance higher education landscape in Europe, the profile, motivations and barriers students face in entering a distance learning programme, and the gaps between the demand and offer of distance higher education in Europe.

The webinar covered topics such as:

  • The current distance education landscape in Europe

  • Student motivations and barriers to entering distance higher education

  • The offer and demand in distance higher education

  • Policies aimed at increasing adult participation in distance education

Angela Owusu-Boampong, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and Carmen Neghina, Education Intelligence Specialist at StudyPortals were the presenters.

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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, with financial support from the European Commission. You can find more information on the ‘Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning’ at

The findings of this project have also been presented at the EUCEN 2015 Conferencethe EDEN 2015 Annual Conference, the UNESCO-ICDE Global High Level Policy Forum, the IX ICAE World Assembly and the European Conference on Education 2015.