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

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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