The role of universities in the globalisation of education

Williamson, Swapna Naskar, Burley, Denise, Graham, Deena and Kaushal, Shalini (2008) The role of universities in the globalisation of education. In: Second World Universities Forum Conference, 16-18 January 2009, Mumbai, India.

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In the context of globalisation universities are increasingly required to collaborate with significant others by educating their students in furtherance of requisite competences and skills enabling them to become ‘world citizens’ through self-directed life long learning. The globalisation of education is a challenge faced by the UK higher education sector and should not be taken as a threat (Rammell, 2006). This has resulted in the development of distance learning courses in addition to the taught courses.

Thames Valley University (TVU) supports widening participation in higher education and designs its educational programmes to meet its students’ needs. TVU addresses learners’ diversity in educational, cultural and economic development through the collaboration and partnership with other organisations and service providers at local, national and international levels. Through its distance learning programme TVU provides students an opportunity to study anywhere, in their own time, without the constraints imposed by taught courses. The Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning (SRSSDL) is a useful tool for learners to develop a clear concept of self-direction in learning (Williamson, 2007).
It is imperative to identify the students’ knowledge and attitudes in distance learning to plan and develop their distance learning skills in order for them to become self-directed life-long learners.
A study of students’ knowledge of and their attitude towards distance learning.
1.To assess students’ knowledge of distance learning.
2.To assess the attitudes of students towards distance learning.
To find out students’ knowledge of and attitudes towards distance learning. A qualitative exploratory study design will be adopted. Data will be collected (on-line) using a Knowledge Questionnaire and an Attitude Scale. The responses obtained will be coded and analysed through MS-Excel and descriptive statistics will be applied.
Results and Discussion:
Peer review and conference presentation.
Educational design needs to be student-focused.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Effective collaboration and partnership between the provider of distance learning courses and local student support is important for the success of the programme through continuous quality monitoring, educational audit, course evaluation and feedback from students. The course should be culturally sensitive and student-centred. The cultural perspectives of both online educators as well as learners need to be addressed.
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational globalisation, knowledge and attitudes, online distance learning, self-directed learning.
Subjects: Education
Depositing User: Swapna Williamson
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2016 23:32
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 15:00

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