About the Equity and inclusion category

At the heart of open and distance learning practice is the different interactions between teachers and students of various types that are significantly mediated through the design and implementation of the educational resources that students must engage with. However, each of these three factors has an inward and outward focus that makes up the whole educational experience. Thus, educational resources can be readily available and accessible (‘open’) or not (‘closed’). Students have their experiences of studying influenced by their personal circumstances. Teachers’ practices are influenced by the support staff and structures within their institutions.
In addition, there are another set of external influences such as quality assurance policies, innovations in educational technologies and institutions and cultural norms and practices in relation to life-long learning. Finally, we have an overarching influence of the Sustainable Development Goals.
All these factors and their relationships are represented in the influence diagram below and will be discussed during the forum.