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Parallel Sessions, Monday 8 June, 11.00 - 12.15

Cultural Diversity

0.2 Berlin

Chair: C.L. Gunawardena, University of New Mexico, USA

BREAKING BARRIERS TO REACH NEW LEARNERS USING FLEXIBLE, SUPPORTED OPEN LEARNING WITH THE UK OPEN UNIVERSITY
Carr, A.; Collins, P., OUUK, United Kingdom

ABORIGINAL CULTURE AWARENESS: FINDING A COMMON PLACE IN ADVANCED EDUCATION
Shaw, S., Ewing, J., Nait, Canada

THE IRISH ‘BORDERLANDS’ – A BLENDED CASE STUDY IN MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
Russell, A.G., Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

Special Interest: M-Learning

2.7 Meuse

Chair: N. Allen, University of Maryland University College, USA

MOBILE DEVICES AND THE FUTURE OF FREE EDUCATION 2009
McGreal, R., Athabasca University, Canada

THE USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN ENHANCING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN DISTANCE EDUCATION: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
Hendrikz, J.; Prins, G., University of Pretoria, South Africa

CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING A MOBILE SHORT MESSAGING SERVICE (SMS) PROGRAM TO SUPPORT DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, UGANDA (316)
Kajumbula, R., Makerere University, Uganda

Quality Assurance

0.9 Athens

Chairs: P. Bacsich, Matic Media Ltd., United Kingdom; L.M. Romero, Universidad Técnica Particular Ecuador; G. Ubachs, EADTU, The Netherlands

QUALITY ASSURANCE IN OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING IN INDIA
Gandhe, S.K., Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, India

QUALITY ASSURANCE IN OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING: AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH
Mannan, A., University of Papua New Guinea Open College, Papua New Guinea

Technology Enhanced Learning

2.1 Colorado

Chair: S. Frame, University of East London, United Kingdom

A COMPARISON OF THREE OPEN UNIVERSITIES AND THEIR ACCEPTANCE OF TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING
Jones, C.R., OUUK, United Kingdom; Aoki, K., Open University of Japan, Japan; Rusman, E., OUNL, The Netherlands

HARNESSING AND OPEN & DISTANCE LEARNING SYSTEM
Mujumdar, S. , Symbiosis Centre For Distance Learning, India

THE DANCE OF TECHNOLOGY AND PEDAGOGY IN SELF-PACED DISTANCE EDUCATION (25)
Anderson, T., Athabasca University, Canada

Learner Support Services

0.1 London

Chair: B. Lamb, University of British Columbia, Canada

WHY WE NEED A ‘QUALIFICATION BRAIN’. FROM PRODUCT CATALOGUE TO DOMINANT NARRATIVE – ENABLING WEB-ENQUIRERS TO UNDERSTAND AND NAVIGATE THROUGH A FLEXIBLE BUT COMPLEX CURRICULUM
Carey, F.M., OUUK, United Kingdom

PLANNING PERSONALIZED LEARNER ALERT SERVICES FOR OPEN DISTANCE LEARNERS: A STUDY ON THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF DR B R AMBEDKAR OPEN UNIVERSITY, INDIA
Rao, C.V., Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, India

BUILDING ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR THE SELF-TAUGHT LEARNERS
Wang, H., National Education Examinations Authority, China

Breaking Barriers – Widening Participation through Distance Education

2.10 Tigris

Chair: B. Pityana, UNISA, South Africa

ADDRESSING ACCESS AND EQUITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA THROUGH OPEN AND FLEXIBLE LEARNING (-)
Gani, A., IGNOU, India

DISTANCE EDUCATION: PROPELLING EDUCATIONAL APPROACH IN THE DEVELOPING PROCESS OF A COUNTRY
Matos, W., Marinho, L., CESUMAR, Brasil

“IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY”. OPENING DOORS FOR PARENTS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
Hart, M.H., OUUK, United Kingdom

Removing Constraints – Institutional Challenges within Distance Education

2.8 Rhine

Chair: I. Bo, Nade, Norway

RESEARCH TO IMPROVE CROSS-NATIONAL TERTIARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Hezel, T.R., Hezel Associates, USA

OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES
Cosmas, B.F., Mnyanyi, C.B.F., Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania

FLEXIBLE LEARNING-THE IGNOU MODEL (-)
Sanjeev, P., IGNOU, India

MAXIMIZING FLEXIBILITY AND LEARNING USING LEARNING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE COURSE PROGRAMS IN HIGHER EDUCATION (-)
Aasbrenn, M., Diakonhjemmet University College, Norway

Special Interest : Language Learning

2.11 St .Lawrence

Chair: E. Toprak, Anadolou University, Turkey

NECESSITIES FOR PROVIDING SPECIFIC SUPPORTS FOR OPTIMAL TEACHING OF LANGUAGES IN OPEN UNIVERSITIES FOCUSING ON TEACHING PERSIAN LANGUAGE AT PAYAME NOOR UNIVERSITY (-)
Bassak, H., Payame Noor University, Iran

EFFECT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF LANGUAGE COURSE EVALUATION: A CASE STUDY
Poel, K. van den, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Special Interest : Assessing Students

2.3 Rhone

Chair: P. Walker, Drakekryterion, United Kingdom

ANSWERING BOLOGNA’S CHALLENGE: HOW AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES CAN BE USED TO PROMOTE COMPETENCY BASED EDUCATION IN AN ONLINE COURSE
Oliveira, I., Universidade Aberta, Portugal

ASSESSMENT AND THE INDEPENDENT LEARNER
Butcher, P.G., OUUK, United Kingdom

SUPPORTING DISTANCE EDUCATION’ CANDIDATES IN ASSESSMENT OF PRIOR LEARNING PROCEDURES
Joosten - ten Brinke, D., OUNL, The Netherlands

Institutional Case Studies and Strategies

0.3 Copenhagen

Chair: P. Henderikx, EADTU, The Netherlands

INTRODUCTION USBM (-)
Piet Henderikx, EADTU, The Netherlands

INTRODUCTION AND CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITY (31)
Damajanti, N., Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia

HIGHER EDUCATION INNOVATION STRATEGIES: THE CASE OF THE UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA (UOC) (-)
Gros, B., UOC, Spain

Additional break out sessions

2.14 Amazon

Chair: C. Bok, SURF, The Netherlands

WORKSHOP: NATIONWIDE PROGRAMME E-LEARNING, WIDENING PARTICIPATION IN HE

0.7 Lisbon

Chair: F. Litto, ABED, Brasil

FLEXIBLE EDUCATION IN BRAZIL (1): ACADEMIC INITIATIVES