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Professor Alan Tait

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  • Visiting Formal Academic
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
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Professional biography

 
 
Alan Tait is Professor of Distance Education  and Development at the Open University, UK, and Director of International Development and Teacher Education, responsible for the strategic direction of major projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, and India. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Open University from 2007-2012.  Alan is the founding editor of The Journal of Learning for Development, produced from the Commonwealth of Learning (www.jl4d.org); senior member of St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge; and Visiting Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark. 
 
Recent publications include 'From place to virtual space: reconfiguring student support for distance and e-learning in the digital age', in Open Praxis, 2014; and 'Distance and E Learning, Social Justice and Development: the relevance of the Capacity Approach to the mission of open universities', in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013.

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