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Persistence, perseverance, and success (PPS): a case study to describe motivational factors that encourage Zimbabwe Open University ODL students to enroll, persist, and graduate with master's and doctorate credentials

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe motivational factors that increased open distance learning (ODL) students' capacity to successfully graduate with master's and doctoral credentials. Study background revealed that Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) persistently experiences increased levels of student dropout and competition from conventional universities that introduce ODL through 'block-release' programs. [The authors] used a descriptive qualitative research approach to collect and analyze data - hence, data collection through audio-recorded open-ended semi-structured interviews helped to maintain accurate accounts of data. [The authors] presented data through themed reporting enhanced by direct quotes from participants. [The] research broadly concluded that once participants registered to study, perceived attention from various social angles created immense motivational factors ranging from institution motivators, personal factors, and social-generated motivators such as fear of what society would think of them all motivated them to persist and graduate with proposed credentials.

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe motivational factors that increased open distance learning (ODL) ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Madhlangobe, Lewis; Chikasha, Jennifer; Mafa, Onias;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Zimbabwe
Journal title: SAGE open
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Students; Participation;

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System, scholar or students?: which most influences online MBA course effectiveness?

Considering the increasingly challenging resource environments in many business schools, this study examined whether course technologies, learner behaviors or instructor behaviors best predict online course outcomes so that administrators and support personnel can prioritize their efforts and investments. Based on reviewing prior online and blended management education literature, [the author] hypothesized that instructor behaviors would be most predictive of online course outcomes. However, [the] study of 48 online Master of Business Administration courses found that although instructor behaviors (operationalized as teaching presence) was the strongest predictor of any of our three outcome variables (perceived learning), only student behaviors (operationalized as social presence) significantly predicted all three (course grades, perceived learning and delivery medium satisfaction).

Considering the increasingly challenging resource environments in many business schools, this study examined whether course ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Arbaugh, J. B. (Ben)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Journal of computer assisted learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Outcomes; Providers of education and training

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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.

Published in electronic form only, this peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus ...  Show Full Abstract  

Date: 2014
Resource type: Journal
Subjects: Research; Teaching and learning; Innovation;

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Learn while you earn: student teacher experiences of a learnership programme facilitated by open distance learning

Since the year 2000 learnerships have been introduced in all sectors of South African society including education, as a strategy to overcome the acute skills shortage which hinders national development. A learnership is defined as work-based learning with the aim of obtaining a qualification within the South African national qualification framework. Unlike an internship which provides experiential workplace learning for a successful graduate, a learnership provides work-based learning for a student who is in the process of gaining a qualification. In this context open and distance learning (ODL) is the ideal tuition model as it enables the student to work and learn full-time while engaged in formal study.

Since the year 2000 learnerships have been introduced in all sectors of South African society including education, as a ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Odendaal, R. M.
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; South Africa
Journal title: Mediterranean journal of social sciences
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training; Workforce development;

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Investments by the commercial banks in training of rural communities and its impact: scope of open and distance learning

It is well recognized that investment in rural training and extension services has to either precede or happen simultaneously with rural credit, for improving agricultural productivity and increasing farmers' income. But reaching out to about 70 million rural households of small, marginal farmers and landless labourers through traditional face-to-face training would be expensive and time consuming. Open and distance learning (ODL) with the help of information and communication technology is an alternative to achieve much larger out-reach at lower cost. This report evaluates investments by the commercial banks in training of rural communities and its impact, utilizing open and distance learning.

It is well recognized that investment in rural training and extension services has to either precede or happen ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Kumar K, Naveen; Kulkarni, Anjali
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Asia; India
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Demographics; Disadvantaged; Skills and knowledge;

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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.

This article looks into the uses of digital and online tools in distance learning to improve literacy and numeracy of ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Seelig, Caroline; Rate, Leanne
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Oceania; New Zealand
Journal title: Journal of learning for development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Literacy; Numeracy;

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TeleEducation initiatives for Sub-Saharan Africa: the case of the African Virtual University in Kenya

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lags behind the rest of the world in education. Less than 25 per cent of qualified high school graduates in this region will make it to the university level, mainly because most countries within the region have less than three universities. Furthermore, alternatives to universities such as two year colleges and training programs are usually concentrated in urban areas away from the rural population. Hence, as reported in Global education digest (2006) [indexed at TD/TNC 87.2368], one out of every 16 students from the SSA region goes abroad for college. In addition, the lack of access to books, libraries and up-to-date classroom materials presents a dire situation for post-secondary education systems in SSA. Furthermore, the [human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome] HIV/AIDS pandemic is responsible for many fatalities among schoolteachers. Current World Health Organization (WHO) reports show the SSA region accounts for a dreadful 65 per cent of total HIV/AIDS cases in the world. These statistics are noteworthy because those mostly infected with HIV/AIDS are in the working age groups of the education sector in SSA. The unmet need for antiretroviral treatment in the region coupled with lack a of access to health care cultivates the bleak situation. Such a frightening predicament calls for academic research strategies to address the education dilemma in SSA countries such as Kenya. TeleEducation through its efficient multidimensional strategies has made some commendable advances in approaching this dilemma. In this study [the authors] investigate the case of a wide spread TeleEducation initiative in Kenya, the African Virtual University.

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lags behind the rest of the world in education. Less than 25 per cent of qualified high school ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Simmons, Lakisha L.; Mbarika, Irene; Mbarika, Victor W.;
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Africa; Kenya
Journal title: Journal of STEM education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Students; Research;

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Impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on employee competencies and innovation

Among the plethora of available tools to enhance employee competencies, massive online open courses (MOOCs) are an emerging phenomenon. Having grown in popularity these courses have recently started penetrating the corporate environments. As MOOCs are still at a very early stage, it is mostly in the last two years that their models and impact are starting to be analysed in scientific articles. The purpose of this work is to understand the exact impact that MOOCs can have on the workforce and especially to innovation which is a key competitive advantage for any corporation and is of paramount importance in knowledge economies.

Among the plethora of available tools to enhance employee competencies, massive online open courses (MOOCs) are an emerging ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Karnouskos, Stamatis; Holmlund, Martin
Date: 2014
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Globalisation; Teaching and learning; Innovation;

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Factors that influence accountants' selection of delivery modalities for professional development

The obligation to maintain and develop professional competence throughout an individual's career is a fundamental requirement of a maintaining a professional accounting designation. Accountants can select their continuing professional development (CPD) from a number of modalities. The study was a cross sectional sample created by self selection from a researchers' email invitation to accountants in Canada to determine which modalities accountants preferred, and the selection factors they used in making those selections. A total of 428 accountants from across Canada completed the online survey.

The obligation to maintain and develop professional competence throughout an individual's career is a fundamental ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Ross, Kathleen
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Canada; North America
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Workforce development; Industry; Teaching and learning

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Undergraduate ODL students' graduateness in relation to their employability attributes and examination preparation styles

The open distance learning teaching context poses unique challenges and opportunities for cultivating students' graduateness. However, more research is needed on how students' graduateness relates to their examination preparation styles and employability attributes, and how these influence teaching practice in the open distance learning (ODL) context. These constructs are under-researched in the South African ODL higher education context.

The open distance learning teaching context poses unique challenges and opportunities for cultivating students' ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Coetzee, Melinde; Potgieter, Ingrid
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Students; Employment;

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