Flexible Learning

Flexible Learning is a set of educational philosophies and systems, concerned with providing learners with increased choice, convenience, and personalisation to suit the learner. In particular, flexible learning provides learners with choices about where, when, and how learning occurs. Wikipedia Dec 06

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This page will assist you in understanding the principles of Flexible Learning by exploring related information, ideas and new practices in formal education. After reading through this information, and taking up opportunities for learning support it is hoped you will be able to apply flexible teaching and learning techniques in your own contexts.

Learning support and accreditationEdit

Otago Polytechnic offers formal learning and accreditation services with their Designing for Flexible Learning Practice course.


Flexible Learning is a recent concept with many varying interpretations. No one interpretation is correct, leaving room for many interesting and useful ideas. For this reason

What is flexible learning?Edit

Things to considerEdit

Planning for flexible teaching and learningEdit

Aligning with an educational organisationEdit



Document your progress in a weblog

Resource listEdit

Establish and maintain a social bookmarking list with links to information relating to flexible learning

Develop a resourceEdit

Choose an issue or consideration relating to flexible learning, (for example: accessibility, digital divides, practical skills learning, assessment) and create an learning resource that reports on the issue and suggests solutions.

Develop a planEdit

In your weblog, create an entry that is the start of a plan for developing learning flexibility in your course or field of study. The plan should refer to intended learning outcomes, the typical learner profile, trends and directions in industry or sector, and benefits to learners and educational organisation.