Off-campus, online, open and flexible education

Off-campus education, often in the form of open, online and flexible education, is increasingly being used by higher education institutions (HEIs) who wish to reach beyond their traditional student populations and reach a more diverse range of students.

These new students may be older than traditional students: they may be students working part-time or full-time while they study; they may be elderly students, international students, students with disabilities, students from disenfranchised groups or many other specific groups of students.

While it is true that alternative educational approaches such as off-campus education, open, online and flexible education offer many new opportunities for accessing non-traditional students, the experience of the open and distance teaching universities (which have a long experience in catering for non-traditional students) is  that the transition to serving new student groups requires a complicated (and sometimes) risky organizational transformation. It requires careful analysis, detailed planning, and a significant investment in developing resources that most higher education institutions do not have. Simply offering some online classes, or advertising evening classes in some distant campus, is not sufficient

If you wish to succeed in reaching new student populations, we can help you better understand what off-campus, open and flexible education is about. We can also assist you in developing a strategy for making the transition, and in adapting your existing business model to improve your chances of success. Addressing non-traditional students through off campus, open, online and flexible education is not simple, but the social and economic benefits of success to HEIs who do it properly make the effort worthwhile.

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