Adults, Access and E Learning: A Case Study
For over 20 years Northumbria University, located in north east England, has provided learning opportunities for adults without formal qualifications, to undertake studies which facilitate progression into higher education. Around 1800 students undertake the access programme annually and in various outreach locations. Adults undertake the course for a range of reasons in addition to progression to the University 's degree and diploma programmes such as career or personal enhancement and general interest. Over the past 5 years the University has further widened participation to the programme through the use of technology and in the development of elearning and flexible learning modes of delivery. This paper aims to share some examples of best practice though highlighting the main features of the programme and the elearning project. It will outline experiences of tutors and adult students, explore student performance and destinations, and also examine some of the reasons for its success.
Keywords: Adult Learning, Elearning, Access to Higher Education, Mature Students
Dr Rosie Crane
Senior Lecturer, Access and Curriculum Development Department of External Relations , Northumbria University