Flexible Learning: The Current State of Play

Flexible Learning: The Current State of Play

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The traditional three-year, full-time, on-campus path to a first degree remains one of the main routes to higher education. It accounts for 58% of all students at UK universities, and has successfully increased young participation to record levels. However, for those who work while studying or have caring responsibilities, more flexible approaches to learning are required. Flexible learning means offering students a choice in when, how and where they study, to fit learning around other commitments. Ensuring that people can study throughout their lives will be increasingly important, both in meeting the skills needs of the UK economy and widening the personal and financial benefits that higher education provides to individuals. This briefing looks at the current extent of flexible learning across the higher education sector from three perspectives: • pace of study (from part-time to accelerated courses) • flexible learning across higher education institutions, further education colleges and alternative providers • different ways of delivering learning (including classroom-based, online and employer-based learning) It sets out the experiences of higher education institutions providing and developing flexible learning opportunities, including challenges and opportunities faced. Evidence was gathered as part of the Universities UK (UUK) project on the economic case for flexible learning – from institutions on the project advisory group, wider UUK membership and a public call for evidence in early 2018 – and from a range of data sources.

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