Hilary Perraton

Hilary Perraton was closely involved with the National Extension College, NEC, a precusor of the OU, from 1964 until 1971. He promoted the idea that a multi-media teaching programme is likely to be more effective than one which relies on a single medium. He went on to become a Co-Director of the International Extension College, a non-profit consultative organization on distance teaching and to work at the Commonwealth Secretariat, at the International Research Foundation for Open Learning and to chair the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. He has written much about open and distance education and has most recently become a research associate of the von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Education, University of London. He is to be interviewed about his engagement with the NEC and the OU on 23 March.

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