New UIL project to assess the “Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning” (IDEAL)


4 April 2014

Increasing the participation of adult learners in higher education is an important objective in European education policy. At the same time, higher education institutions are diversifying their services to reach out to adult learners. One form of such outreach are distance education programmes. Against this backdrop, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), together with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), and StudyPortals (SP) has set out to examine the potential of distance education as provided by higher education institutions on adult learning in Europe.

The project, which is entitled Impact of Distance Education on Adult Learning (IDEAL) is funded by the European Commission’ Lifelong Learning Programme. Running from October 2013 until September 2014, the project will optimise our knowledge of distance learning services throughout Europe and provide valuable information on the profiles of potential students.

For more information on the project, please visit: IDEAL Project