The report examines the profile of potential students within the IDEAL project's target group of adult learners. You can find an extended version of the report here.
The present report is the second of three independent yet complementary research components of the IDEAL project.
Study 1 examines the distance education currently on offer in European higher education institutions: what is offered and for whom is it designed? For this study, the programmes and course units listed on www.DistanceLearningPortal.com were analysed and a survey of distance education providers was carried out.
Study 2 consists of a survey of adult learners enrolled in distance education which analyses their social profile, their motivations, the barriers they encounter, etc.
Study 3 (current report) focuses on prospective distance education students: who are they? What do they look for? What barriers do they encounter?