E-Qualified : An in-Depth Investigation of an Innovative Post-Graduate Program at a Greek University
In our paper we will attempt to investigate the extent to which the above goals of graduates from an innovative postgraduate study program at a Greek University --offered through distance learning-- are satisfied. We will focus on the main factors that prompted these individuals to follow post-graduate studies, their evaluation of the specific programme, their views on the way post-graduate programmes operate in Greece, as well as their attitudes towards LLL in general. Additionally, we will highlight any potential correlations between these views, evaluations and attitudes, on one hand, and personal characteristics (age, gender, occupation, personal income etc.) or family characteristics (parental education) on the other.
The data that will be presented come from an empirical investigation that adopted a mixed method approach, which took the form of on-line self-completed questionnaires from a representative sample from a pool of graduates, over a period of ten years, supplemented by personal interviews and group discussions with a selected number of past and recent graduates.
The findings of this investigation are expected to have policy implications that relate to the effectiveness of post-graduate programmes and the expected benefits that they bestow to people who aspire to gain such credentials or have their skills upgraded and, thus, expect to have more secure employment prospects and/or more potential in advancing their working careers.