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Distance Education Practice: Training and Rewarding Authors - Education Research Paper No. 33, 1999, 36 p.

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Hilary Perraton and Charlotte Creed
International Research Foundation for Open Learning


Serial No. 33
ISBN: 1 86192 136 5

Department For International Development



This is one of a series of Education Papers issued from time to time by the Education Department of the Department For International Development. Each paper represents a study or piece of commissioned research on some aspect of education and training in developing countries. Most of the studies were undertaken in order to provide informed judgements from which policy decisions could be drawn, but in each case it has become apparent that the material produced would be of interest to a wider audience, particularly those whose work focuses on developing countries.

Each paper is numbered serially, and further copies can be obtained through the DFID's Education Department, 94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL, subject to availability. A full list appears overleaf.

Although these papers are issued by the DFID, the views expressed in them are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the DFID's own policies or views. Any discussion of their content should therefore be addressed to the authors and not to the DFID.

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List of other DFID education papers available in this series


Part 1: The training of course development staff in open and distance learning

Research methods
Training policy
Practices: How institutions have responded

What types of training are available?
When and for how long is training provided?
What other staff development options are available?
What is the content of training?
What is the editorial chain in the course development process?
What technologies are used in the staff and course development process?
Who is being trained?
Who is doing the training?
How are ODL practitioners being rewarded?

Principles: What needs to be done

Institutional support
Raising the standard and status of ODL
The professionalisation of ODL - Training and course development
Strengthening the editorial chain behind course production
Time-efficient strategies in training and course development
Reward structure
Middle-term developmental aims

Part 2: Rewarding writers of course material for open and distance learning

Background: the survey
Context: Organisational structures
Problem: its nature and complexity
Policy: How institutions have responded

How are authors paid?
What are they paid for?
What other rewards do they get?
How much are they paid?
Where do the funds come from?
How is the process managed?

Principles: what needs to be done