Developing Student Support For Open And Distance Learning: The Empower Project

Journal of Interactive Media in Education Latest Articles, Dec 18, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This article summarizes the EMPOWER project, launched the 2015 by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). Its goal was "to empower students to become life-long, self-directed learners in open, online and blended-learning environments." It draws on the "‘retention formula’ proposed by Seidman, S=AC+Eid+(E+C)PaM, where S = success, AC = appropriate course choice, Eid = early identification of vulnerable students, (E + C) PaM = early and continuous proactive motivation support." This of course isn't a formula at all (the '+' and '=' signs do not signify mathematical operations; they're just decoration). Still, the paper offers a pretty comprehensive overview of student support for online learning.

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