Distance education in soil science: Reaching the nontraditional student

Angelique L.E. Lansu*, Wilfried P.M.F. Ivens, Hans G.K. Hummel

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The Open University of the Netherlands provides academic programs for open distance education. The courses that make up the programs are developed for adult students who are not able to attend courses at regular universities. A description is given of a soil science course offered by the Department of Natural Sciences. The course consists of printed material, allowing study to take place at home, and makes use of interactive learning materials. The central theme of the course is the variety of function of soils, within the perspective of environmental issues in the Netherlands. To enable the students to develop, in a distance-learning mode, the problem-solving skills needed in environmental soil research, an interactive video program forms an integral part of the course. It provides opportunities to the students to acquire and to analyze information from a number of sources, including soil-process models and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoil Science Education
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophy and Perspectives
EditorsPhilippe Baveye, Walter J. Farmer, Terry J. Logan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780891189329
ISBN (Print)9780891188094
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1994

Publication series

SeriesSSSA Special Publications


  • Didactic approach
  • Distance education
  • Environmental soil research
  • Natural science
  • Nontraditional student
  • Open University
  • Soil science education


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