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Satellite lessons: vocational education and training for isolated communities

At the Western Institute of Technical and Further Education (WITAFE) in New South Wales (NSW), vocational education and training (VET) courses are being delivered to students in isolated homesteads and remote Aboriginal communities by Interactive Distance eLearning (IDL). IDL provides satellite-supported two-way broadband voice, one-way video and Internet access for school-age and adult distance education. Adults commonly access VET courses offered by WITAFE using the equipment provided to their children who are students of a 'School of the Air' or through community facilities in remote Aboriginal communities.

At the Western Institute of Technical and Further Education (WITAFE) in New South Wales (NSW), vocational education and ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Twyford, Kylie; Crump, Stephen; Anderson, Alan
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Rural society
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Demographics; Indigenous people;

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'It took me ages to work out': multiple challenges of digital distance vocational learning

This research examines the challenges of blending digital, distance and vocational learning for non-traditional and low socioeconomic status students who are new to university education. A survey of students in vocational primary education and early years qualifications in a distance university is illuminated by interviews with individual students and video diaries recorded by them during module study. Areas of challenge include: where and when to go online, finding support for digital study, navigating virtual learning environments and knowing what is relevant, technologies in the workplace, making connections between workplace technologies and [information and communication technology] ICT for study, and storing and organising digital information. As university education goes increasingly online, the research aims to improve institutional awareness and provision for widening participation, and makes suggestions for improving the experience of digital distance vocational learning.

This research examines the challenges of blending digital, distance and vocational learning for non-traditional and low ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Safford, Kimberly; Stinton, Julia
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning; Technology;

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Moving transfer to transformative learning: a curriculum model for adult educators in open distance learning (ODL)

This article reviews the literature on theories of adult learning particularly transfer and transformative learning and how they inform a model curriculum for adult educators in open distance learning (ODL). Online instructions have to change from the habitual teacher-based to more inclusive and integrating transformative learner-centred learning designs. Continuous professional development of educators of adults needs to be transformative if they are to measure up to growing demand for adult education. Currently the adult educators are not receiving relevant training for deep learning and change. With the rapid pace of technology in the fast-paced knowledge economy self-directed transformative learning must inform curriculum. Adult educators need proactive institutional contexts that stimulate them to deep learning.

This article reviews the literature on theories of adult learning particularly transfer and transformative learning and how ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Njiro, Esther
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; South Africa
Journal title: Journal of educational and social research
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training;

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Mobile learning for colleges of education in Nigeria: an educational analysis

The world has passed through different phases of technology enhanced learning ranging from distance learning to mobile learning, an extension of e-learning. Currently, attention is drawn towards location-aware, context-aware and ubiquitous learning systems. The slow pace of development in Nigeria has hindered technologically enhanced learning in institutions of higher learning. The purpose of this paper was to assess the status of mobile learning in institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. The study adopted a theoretical approach by reviewing the possibilities and applications of mobile learning systems globally and in particular Nigeria.

The world has passed through different phases of technology enhanced learning ranging from distance learning to mobile ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Chaka, John G.; Govender, Irene
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Nigeria
Journal title: Mediterranean journal of social sciences
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training; Higher education;

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Space and time to engage: mature-aged distance students learn to fit study into their lives

Student engagement, a student's emotional, behavioural and cognitive connection to their study, is widely recognised as important for student achievement. Influenced by a wide range of personal, structural and sociocultural factors, engagement is both unique and subjective. One important structural factor shown in past research to be a barrier for distance students is access to quality space and time.

Student engagement, a student's emotional, behavioural and cognitive connection to their study, is widely recognised as ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Kahu, Ella R.; Stephens, Christine; Zepke, Nick;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania
Journal title: International journal of lifelong education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Participation; Teaching and learning; Students;

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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.

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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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