This guide aims to provide information about some of the basics of flexible learning with a view to helping students know and understand fundamental issues. It should help students to make informed decisions, be reassured about any uncertainties and anxieties, and have many of their questions answered.
Flexible learning is being widely promoted across the sector as an important form of delivery in the future of HE. Having said this, many students do not fully understand or have experience of non-traditional delivery.
The guide is one of the recommended outcomes from a HEA flexible learning summit which took place in the 2011-12 academic year and reflects the experience of the group of delegates who attended. In articulating many of the key dimensions of the flexible learning work actively supported by the HEA, it aims to inform, reassure and inspire potential students who are trying to decide whether a flexibly-delivered programme is likely to meet their needs.
We have imagined the reader to be less familiar with the kinds of flexible provision that HE providers may offer, interested in either undergraduate or postgraduate provision, and possibly different from the traditional 18 year-old full-time student.