Open and Distance eLearning in Asia: Country Initiatives and Institutional Cooperation for the Transformation of Higher Education in the Region

Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Journal of Learning for Development, Aug 14, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article covers the region in very broad strokes, as is to be expected, but offers a good overview. It lists eight major mega open universities (with links and stats), some cooperation initiatives, and a number of open education initiatives (which are almost invariably based on MOOCs). The article concludes with two separate lists of challenges: first, a set of things that should be done to improve open education in the region, and second, a set of factors hindering the transformation process, including a need for recognition, quality, cooperation, sustainability and digital inclusion.

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