International and transnational educational issues in technology enhanced learning

Global trends in online and distance learning

This course will examine the development and current landscape of global open and distance education and Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) across developed and developing countries. Key topics will include online and distance learning (ODL) for development, quality, implementation of TEL, global ODL trends, open education, globalisation, tech trends, open universities, trends in the developing world, OER and MOOCs, nonformal education, K-12 future skills, social justice/equality, future trends in open and distance education.

Additionally, the course compares and examines key global professional and international associations (e.g., UNESCO, ICDE, AAOU, OECD, EDEN, USDLA, The World Bank),the resources these organizations offer, and their diverse roles in promoting internationalism, global trade, and the quality assurance and management of global educational services. A variety of open and distance learning providers representing single and dual mode institutions and open and distance learning (ODL) universities/organizations from developed and developing countries will be discussed.

The course is part of our Online Teaching and Learning Programme.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to ...


critically reflect on the concepts of globalisation, internationalisation and development.

identify strategic trends and uses of open, distance, and onlinelearning (ODL) in global contextsand philosophical differences towards technology enhanced learning across borders.

critically reflect on the relevance of indicators in quality and effectiveness of global open, distance, online, and flexible learning.

assess the importance of education for development, particularly in developing countries.

critically analyse strategic leadership principles including cultural agility, cross-border education, the role of language and culture in ODL, and regional and global drivers of economic and workforce development.

identify various applications of distance education in the context of non-formal education, including new forms of packaging content and credentialing.

compare different institutional arrangements, uses of technology and instructional approaches in the context of higher education (open universities, virtual universities).

At a glance: Online Teaching and Learning Certificate

University certificate, CAS if two courses are completed

Start of course: 25.09.2023
End of course: 17.12.2023

Internet-based, group activities, webinars, self-study

6 credit points (ETC) |  one semester

integrated in the course

180 hours


900 Euro per course module


Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA

Global Consultant and Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus and Honorary Professor, University of South Africa
Bucharest, Romania


Berrin Cefa Sari

Research Associate
University of Oldenburg


Advice and Contact

Silke Welter

Programme Management

T +49 (0)441 / 798 32 44

Would you like to register for the module? Please get in contact with us.

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