The state of Penang is an example of successful transformation in Asia based on strengthening the rule of law. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is an important vehicle for the education that can underpin this process by expanding the freedoms that people can enjoy. Using technology can not only cut costs but also enhance the quality of education and therefore yield important benefits. The development of eLearning has encouraged many conventional universities to offer ODL but research in North America suggests that few are doing it very well. Private for-profit providers are more successful. Research also shows that the notion of a divide in attitudes to eLearning between young ‘digital natives’ and older students is a myth. Technology-mediated learning encourages all students to engage more deeply with their work. Finally, the Open Educational Resource University is described as a potentially radical transformation in higher education.
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