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Open/Distance Teaching Universities Worldwide: Current Challenges and Future Prospects

Keywords: open universities , distance education , e-learning , digital technologies , digital divide

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This article examines the current challenges faced by open/distance teaching universities worldwide. The challenges relate to: the change of technological and instructional infrastructures; the move from national systems to a global landscape; the need to find appropriate parties for collaboration in the academic and corporate worlds; the search for quality assurance mechanisms; and the digital divide between developing and developed countries, and between poor and rich. The article concludes with highlighting the leading prospects for open/ distance teaching universities.


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