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ERIC Number: EJ1216904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2354-2160
Quality Tutorials in Open and Distance Learning: Exploring Experiences of Zimbabwe Open University Students
Chikoko, Vitalis; Chiome, Chrispen
African Educational Research Journal, v1 n2 p152-160 Oct 2013
Quality in distance higher education is one of the main concerns among institutions today. This study sought to explore students' experiences with quality tutorials in ZOU an open and distance education institution. The study employed the descriptive survey design and generated both quantitative and qualitative data using a questionnaire with both open-ended and closed items. A sample of 189 students was selected from a population of 1500 returning students using the purposive sampling technique. Data was presented in simple frequency tables and analysed thematically. The study found out that generally students were satisfied with the arrangements for tutorials as communication came on time and tutorial rooms used were seen as conducive. Students expressed dissatisfaction with the ability of their tutors to promote active adult students' participation, inconsistence in lecturer attendance, poor quality tutorial package, waning commitment, economic hardships and the failure to use modern technologies in tutorials. The study recommended the taking of urgent, bold and decisive steps to train tutors on adult and distance education methodologies and the use of modern technology in teaching. Further research need to be done on the quality of a tutorial package for distance learners and motivating adult learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe
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