Study on models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education


Exploring innovative, sustainable practice, examining Open, Online, Flexible and Technology enhanced.


OER Hub are collaborating with the Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs, Berlin (FiBS) to carry out research on behalf of the International Council for Distance Education.  The research covers existing practice of OOFAT (Open, Online, Flexible and Technology enhanced) learning in higher education across the globe, with a focus on exemplary distance provision models which have become common practice for some providers, but would require a pathway to innovation for many others. Part of the study’s remit is to point to such possible pathways to innovative, sustainable practice.  The emphasis is on models that have evidence of sustainability, or can demonstrate a viable business model, rather than highlighting emergent trends which have yet to prove themselves sustainable in practice.

Research programmes


  • ICDE International Council for Open and Distance Education


  • Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FiBS)