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Adult student and tutor perceptions of academic advising at the Open Learning Institute McInnes-Rankin, Ethelyn


Distance education is a rapidly growing delivery system which is being used to serve the needs of adult learners. There is a lack of information and research available on advising the adult learner within a distance education system. This survey of adult students and tutors at the Open Learning Institute, a distance education institution in British Columbia, showed that there were significant differences between female and male student responses to important aspects of academic advising and adult student concerns. The item, isolation, seems to be a concern more of O.L.I, tutors than O.L.I, students. Results suggest that the aspects of academic advising surveyed were important to both tutors and students.

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