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Kanwar, A. S.; Carr, A.; Ortlieb, K.; Mohee, R. – Distance Education, 2018
With the growing demand for tertiary education, especially in Africa, the transformation of contact universities to dual-mode institutions is critical. However, conventional universities have had limited success establishing the dual-mode delivery stream. This paper assesses barriers to adoption and implementation of open and distance learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Distance Education, Conventional Instruction
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Jaber, Rowaida; Kennedy, Eileen – Distance Education, 2017
This paper argues that identity may be key to understanding why social presence has been considered so important to successful learning experiences. A qualitative case study of 10 students and 4 tutors in an online postgraduate education program was conducted. The research applied the work of Goffman to explain the relationship between social…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Semi Structured Interviews, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Murphy, Angela – Distance Education, 2013
Open educational resources and open education practices have the potential to lower costs and increase participation in higher education. One hundred and ten individuals from higher education institutions around the world participated in a survey aimed at identifying the extent to which higher education institutions are currently implementing open…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Open Education, Higher Education, Educational Resources
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Willems, Julie; Bossu, Carina – Distance Education, 2012
Open educational resources (OER) have become new buzzwords in the glocalization of education. While OER are often espoused as enabling educational equity, the reality is not always the case. Looking only at the positives of new educational methods can mask perpetuating challenges, which makes the open aspect of OER a misnomer. Taking an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Educational Resources, Educational Methods
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Nikoi, Samuel; Armellini, Alejandro – Distance Education, 2012
Success in open educational resources (OER) has been reported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA and the Open University in the UK, among others. It is unclear, however, how valuable OER are in learning and teaching. Approaches to OER policy and sustainability are just two other key aspects that remain unresolved across the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Open Universities, Educational Resources
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Ramos, Fernando; Taju, Gulamo; Canuto, Louisette – Distance Education, 2011
Over the past six years, the authors have been project leaders for three distance education initiatives in Cape Verde and Mozambique: (1) a blended learning master's degree in multimedia in education for faculty in Cape Verdean public higher education institutions (2005-2008); (2) a teacher training programme for 1375 elementary teachers provided…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Higher Education, Distance Education, Foreign Countries
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Harley, Ken – Distance Education, 2011
Open educational resources (OER) are gaining ascendancy in education, particularly in higher education. Logic suggests that the potential benefits of OER are likely to be greatest in resource-poor contexts such as Africa. However, little is known about the feasibility and sustainability of their use in African institutions. In the Health OER…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Feasibility Studies, Sustainability
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Singh, Gurmit – Distance Education, 2011
Dissemination of findings about the HIV epidemic at international conferences has been dominated by researchers from developed countries working in well-resourced and supported institutions. This has led to exclusionary practices where community healthcare workers and practitioners working in under-resourced contexts have had limited opportunities…
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Mentors, Audiences, Foreign Countries
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Adewumi, S. E.; Dooga, J.; Dakas, D. C. J.; Yakmut, D. I.; Mafwil, T. J. – Distance Education, 2011
This report describes the eLearning Fellowship Program at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), first introduced in October 2008 through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and recently adopted by the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) Educational Technology Initiative (ETI). The fellowship is a one-year program aimed at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Fellowships, Electronic Learning
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Ngugi, Catherine N. – Distance Education, 2011
Higher education in Africa has had diverse histories and trajectories, and has played different roles over time. This article is concerned with the evolution and future of higher education on the continent, and the role that open educational resources (OER) might play therein. It is generally accepted that "the university in Africa and higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Resources
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Dhlamini, Nodumo – Distance Education, 2011
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established in 2004, is a network of 25 universities at the postgraduate level in 15 countries in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. RUFORUM's mission is to strengthen the capacity of universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of smallholder farmers…
Descriptors: Expertise, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Consortia
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Jenkins, Janet – Distance Education, 1989
Discusses trends in distance education in Africa, considers its contributions to national development, and suggests developments that are likely for the future. Case studies of Zambia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe suggest that critical factors for the effectiveness of distance education include the provision of adequate resources and firm political…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Educational Finance
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Wilson, Michael S. – Distance Education, 2001
Discusses cultural discontinuities that affect learning effectiveness revealed by the increase in globalization of distance education. Considers the theoretical basis of such discontinuities, describes a study of West African extension students and print-based instructional materials, and suggests implications for instruction and research as well…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Distance Education, Extension Education, Foreign Countries