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Pages: 3479-3486
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain

DISTANCE EDUCATION. ARAB OPEN UNIVERSITY AS AN EXAMPLE

A. Yarkandi1, N. Alsaygh2

1Umm Al-Qura University (SAUDI ARABIA)
2King Abdul Aziz University (SAUDI ARABIA)
Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy and andragogy, technology, and instructional systems design that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically "on site". The types of available technologies used in distance education are divided into two groups: synchronous and asynchronous.
Distance Education has traversed four to five 'generations' of technology in its history. These are print, audio/video broadcasting, audio/video teleconferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/ online-learning, computer broadcasting/webcasting etc.
The open learning platform employed by the Arab Open University (AOU), is a form of distance education with added enhancements to ensure a quality learning experience for students. Unlike education by correspondence, whose main drawback is the lack of faculty-student interaction and inadequate quality control systems, the AOU open learning model has robust quality assurance systems in place and offers its students blended learning through the provision of high quality learning materials, a dedicated tutor and other forms of support. Taken together, the various components offer a rich environment of supported open learning where students can rely on individual and individualized support.

Vision:
AOU seeks to be the “world’s” university – to make relevant, lifelong education of exceptional quality more equally available to everyone, no matter whom or where they are – and to be an economically self-sustaining engine for the global education.

Mission:
AOU an institution of Higher Learning, engages with students to inspire and empower them to accomplish their educational goals, lead richer lives, and shape the future of their organizations and communities. AOU is committed to fulfilling this mission by:
1. offering readily available student-centred services
2. providing innovative & relevant curriculum delivered by accomplished, supportive faculty
3. implementing state-of-the-practice, learning-centred technology, and learning resources
4. engaging with constituents to create an exceptional educational experience

The aim of this paper is, to shed light on:
• the AOU as a Pan-Arab Project.
• Proposed IT Strategic Plan & Action Plan.
• AOU e-Learning Concept.
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A. Yarkandi, N. Alsaygh (2010) DISTANCE EDUCATION. ARAB OPEN UNIVERSITY AS AN EXAMPLE, EDULEARN10 Proceedings, pp. 3479-3486.
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