- Commonwealth of Learning (COL) (10)
- National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA) (9)
- Latchem, Colin (8)
- Kanwar, Asha (6)
- Zirkle, Christopher (6)
- South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) (5)
- Hartzell, Richard E. (4)
- TAFE National Centre for Research and Development (Australia) (3)
- Uvalic-Trumbic, Stamenka (3)
- Western Australia. Department of Employment, Vocational Education and Training (DEVET) (3)
- American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) (2)
- Anderson, Tony (2)
- Australia. Parliament. Senate. Employment, Education and Training References Committee (2)
- Australian Flexible Learning Framework (AFLF) (2)
- Carnoy, Martin (2)
- Journal of learning for development
Published in electronic form only, this peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development. Content includes interventions that change social and/or economic relations, especially in terms of improving equity. The journal publishes research and case studies from researchers, scholars and practitioners, and seeks to engage a broad audience across that spectrum. It aims to encourage contributors starting their careers, as well as to publish the work of established and senior scholars from the Commonwealth and beyond.
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- Curricular innovation and digitisation at a mega university in the developing world: the UNISA ‘Signature Course’ project
As part of the endeavor to reposition itself in the open distance and e-learning arena, the University of South Africa (UNISA) has designed and developed six modular courses (one module per College) referred to as ‘Signature Courses’. The focus of these modules is on a student-centred online teaching and learning approach; extensive student online mentoring and support; and alternative online assessment practices, while also developing prototypes for fully online courses as the University advances in its digitisation objectives. This paper presents a case study of the achievements of the project thus far. It reports challenges the project has been facing and anticipates the trajectory the University will be following in the future as it moves decisively towards online teaching and learning.
As part of the endeavor to reposition itself in the open distance and e-learning arena, the University of South Africa ... Show Full Abstract
- A Bhutanese tertiary education consultancy case study: introducing the institutional zone of proximal development
This paper identifies an overarching strategy that consultants can use to focus institutional level development work: the institutional zone of proximal development (IZPD). The paper explicates the IZPD concept following Vygotsky (1978). The case study of distance education course development in tertiary education in Bhutan illustrates the six processes within the IZPD that supported successful implementation. Evidence showed that the consultancy had contributed to the institutionalisation of change. Three implications for consultants using the IZPD are presented. The concept of the IZPD is new to the development literature.
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- Informal learning and non-formal education for development
[This] article examines the issues of open, distance and technology-based informal learning and non-formal education for individual and community development. It argues that these two modes of education, which are estimated to constitute 70-90 per cent of lifelong learning, are insufficiently represented in the literature of open and distance learning and development. To ensure that these forms of provision take their rightful place alongside the mainstream systems of formal education, it is posited that far more research and evaluation is needed in order to demonstrate their potential and evidence quality in their outputs, outcomes and impacts.
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- The role distance learning has to play in offender education
This article looks into the uses of digital and online tools in distance learning to improve literacy and numeracy of offenders in New Zealand prisons. Looking at the benefits and restrictions of digital education within the prison environment, this article discusses the solutions that Open Polytechnic, in partnership with the the New Zealand Government, has put in place to give prisoners further opportunity for rehabilitation, and ultimately prepare them for re-entry into society, the workforce or further study.
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- Increasing access to science oriented programmes in tertiary institutions in Ghana through distance education
An initiative in Science and Technology disciplines was introduced to expand access to [Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology] KNUST programmes by distance. This study examined the level of access and challenges faced by learners in science oriented programmes offered by distance in KNUST. Analysis of data from 120 learners and eight facilitators from three programmes indicated that the top-up programmes by distance increased enrolment and participation of learners. There were high rates of students' persistence in the various programmes attributed to strong personal determination to succeed in achieving higher academic status, availability of learning materials for courses and support from family members. Lack of time as a result of work activities to delays in receiving course materials among students, and short contact hours to low remuneration for facilitators were challenges faced by respondents.
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- Modeling the determinants of student retention in distance education institutions
This study, which explored the impact of student expectation and university reputation associated with student satisfaction and retention, was mainly aimed at identifying the probable factors used to determine and verify student retention based on their experience in Universitas Terbuka, and to pinpoint the most influential factor(s) related to it. Respondents were students who registered in 2012 at the Faculty of Social and Political Science, the Faculty of Economics, and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and who had been enrolled in at least two previous semesters at the relevant faculty. The instruments were applied to congregate responses from students to ascertain what factors would be in agreement on student retention.
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- New strategies and advances in China's open and distance education
The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) is transforming the entire world. The application of Internet technology has become a strategic choice for educational reform and development in every country around the world. Within the domain of open and distance education, one of China's key strategies and choices has been to establish and successfully manage the Open University of China (OUC). This paper is oriented towards the overall planning and thinking of successfully operating the OUC from the perspectives of making full use of cloud computing, and developing a new online teaching and learning model and quality assurance system for open and distance education.
The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) is transforming the entire world. The application of ... Show Full Abstract
- An analysis of the influencing factors of the employment rate for disabled students in China’s distance education
China’s second nationwide survey on the disabled indicates that the educational attainment of the disabled in the country is inversely proportional to their participation in employment, as the highly-educated group suffers from a generally low employment rate. Using SPSS Statistics (version 17.0), this article explores the impact of age, geography, profoundness (degree of) and types of disabilities and job-related skills on the employment of disabled students, with 56 graduates from the School for the Disabled of Tianjin Open University involved as the subjects of study. Temporary employment, state of disabilities, local policies and deficiency in job-related skills are found to play significant roles. It is hoped that the findings will support the development of disability-neutral employment opportunities and a training approach for the disabled that gives academic qualifications and practical skills equal attention.
China’s second nationwide survey on the disabled indicates that the educational attainment of the disabled in the country is ... Show Full Abstract
- Greater access to higher education through communication technologies in sub-Saharan Africa: e-learning readiness of distance education students in Nigeria
This concurrent mixed methods study sought to determine e-learning readiness by distance education students in Nigeria based on their level of communication technology usage and perceptions of distance education delivery methods, and comparing learning experiences via the Internet and via study centre methods in Nigeria. This exploratory study, using a quantitative survey instrument, measured the current levels of students' technology usage, while a qualitative interview instrument was used to examine students' perceptions, attitudes and experiences of communication technology by distance education students in Nigeria.
This concurrent mixed methods study sought to determine e-learning readiness by distance education students in Nigeria based ... Show Full Abstract