Commonwealth Co-operation in Open Learning

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The Effectiveness of Distance Education

The measurement of effectiveness within education is a difficult issue, and much more difficult than politicians would like to believe. It is not simply about achieving objectives, because a system that steadfastly achieves objectives that do not reflect social or individual needs should hardly be called effective. A full consideration of effectiveness must also take into account the quality and relevance of the objectives set, and the accidental benefits or 'spinoffs' that may accrue to different approaches or programmes.


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