UNESCO-UNEVOC Logo

Logo UNESCO-UNEVOC

UNESCO-UNEVOC Logo open menu
 

About Us

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre: Who We Are | What We Do | Working With Us | Get in Touch


Our Network

The UNEVOC Network: Learn About the Network | Explore the Network
For Members: UNEVOC Centre Dashboard


Skills for Work and Life

Thematic Areas: Youth Employment | Greening TVET | Access, Equity & Quality | TVET in a Digital World | Other Themes
Our Key Programmes & Projects: i-hubs: Skills for Innovation Hubs | YEM: Youth Employment in the Mediterranean | BILT: Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET | UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme | WYSD: World Youth Skills Day
Past Activities: TVET Global Forums


Knowledge Resources

Our Services & Resources: Publications | TVeT Forum | Virtual Conferences | TVET Country Profiles | TVETipedia Glossary | Promising & Innovative Practices
Events: Major TVET Events | UNEVOC Network News


Search Glossary

TVETipedia Glossary

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Open and distance learning (ODL)

Parent term: Learning

Learning which gives to the learner a degree of flexibility in the choice of topics, place, pace and/or method.
Source: CEDEFOP 2008, Europe
Open and distance learning: A type of education, typically college-level, where students work on their own at home or at the office and communicate with the faculty and other students via e-mail, electronic for a, videoconferencing, chat rooms, bulletin boards, instant messaging and other forms of computer-based communication. Most distance learning programmes include a computer-based training system and communications tools to produce a virtual classroom. Because the Internet and World Wide Web are accessible from virtually all computer platforms, they serve as the foundation for many distance learning systems.
Source: EU Commission LLP 2007-2013, Europe
ODL The term open learning describes policies and practices that permit entry to learning with as few barriers as possible. The distance education system refers to the separation of the teacher and learner. Open learning is not the same as distance education but they are clearly complementary. Which is why we use the two terms together and the expression open and distance learning or ODL.
Source: COL OASIS 2016, Global
1. Open learning programmes are those the student can pursue in their own time and at their own pace.

2. An approach to learning which gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, at what pace, where, and how they learn, commonly using distance education and the facilities of educational technology.
Source: Ministry of Labour 2005, Jordan
(Open and Distance Learning) An approach to learning that focuses on freeing learners from constraints of time, space and place while offering flexible learning opportunities. It allows learners to work and combine family responsibilities with educational opportunities.
Source: SADC 2012, Africa
Go further






 

unevoc.unesco.org

Data privacy statement | Contacts | © UNESCO-UNEVOC