Moving forward with both theory and practice

Whitelock, Denise (2019). Moving forward with both theory and practice. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 34(3) pp. 219–220.



The editorial highlights a number of fundamental concerns about current research in Open & Distance Learning, one of these being the role of learning theories in the field of Open & Distance Education. Our first paper in this Edition is by Agonacs & Matos (this edition) and focuses on Heutagogy. It draws attention to the development and debate which is taking place in this theoretical arena. One of the reasons for theories of learning constantly being updated is because they are trying to explore new ways of thinking. This is because learning is in itself so complex and there is no accepted definition of such a multifaceted concept (Illeris, 2009).

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