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Professor Alan Tait

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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 (; 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.


Open Universities: the next phase (2018-04-04)
Tait, Alan
Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, 13(1) (pp. 13-23)

Too little time to learn?: Issues and challenges for those in work (2004)
Arthur, Lore and Tait, Alan
Studies in the Education of Adults, 36(2) (pp. 222-234)

Reflections on student support in open and distance learning (2003)
Tait, Alan
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 4(1)

Rethinking learner support in the Open University UK: a case study (2002-12-12)
Tait, Alan
In: Mills, Roger and Tait, Alan eds. Rethinking learner support in distance education: change and continuity in an international context. Routledge Studies in distance education (pp. 185-197)
ISBN : 415301432 | Publisher : RoutledgeFalmer | Published : UK