EEL421 Globalised Developments in Open and Distance Learning (4)

This subject examines the impact of globalisation on the evolving story of open and distance learning by engaging learners with international perspectives, particularly in developing countries. Activities in this subject are built around authentic case studies in which learners explore the issues associated with open and distance learning in the contexts of further education and training, higher education, internationalisation, mobile learning, MOOCs (massive online open courses), partnerships, and informal education networks.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must enrol in, and complete, both EEL421 and EEL422 within the same session.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically discuss the meanings and uses of the concepts of 'globalisation' and 'development';
  • be able to analyse open and distance learning across historical, political and socio-economic contexts;
  • be able to analyse the way open and distance learning is used in both the developed and developing worlds; and
  • be able to justify the potential for open and distance learning in the role of supporting access to education.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Open and distance learning
  • Understanding the terminologies important to open and distance learning
  • UNESCO education sustainable development goals
  • Open and distance learning in developed and developing countries

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.