Closing the gap: opportunities for distance education to benefit adult learners in higher education


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An important objective of European education policy is to explore possibilities of increasing the participation of adult learners in higher education by means of distance education. Against this background, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), together with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and StudyPortals (SP), set out to examine the potential of the distance education programmes provided by higher education institutions on adult learning in Europe. Their research project entitled Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning (IDEAL) was...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Lifelong learning; Teaching and learning; Equity; Participation; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Distance education; Education and training needs; Access to education and training; Adult learning; Institutional role

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Hamburg, Germany: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2016

Physical description: 111 p.

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ISBN: 9789282012031

Statement of responsibility: A. Carlsen, C. Holmberg, C. Neghina, A. Owusu-Boampong

More information about the IDEAL project may be found at:

Resource type: Report

Rights: This publication is available in Open Access under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC-BY-SA 3.0 IGO) license. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 123.891

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