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The Ethical Dimensions of Learner Support


Open Learning Volume 22, Number 2, ISSN 0268-0513


Open, distance and elearning institutions of higher education often face ethical issues relating to their distinctive mission, especially where the core role is to open educational opportunities to under-represented groups while maintaining academic standards. Openness is surely a "good thing"; and yet there are often tensions relating to government policies, recruitment, access to technology, curriculum, teaching and student support that sometimes involve uncomfortable trade-offs. We consider some ethical aspects relating to learner support in the broadest sense, drawing in particular on the experience of The Open University, United Kingdom.


Kelly, P. & Mills, R. (2007). The Ethical Dimensions of Learner Support. Open Learning, 22(2), 149-157. Retrieved March 5, 2021 from .

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