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Bishau, David; Samkange, Wellington – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2015
The focus on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) has given people an alternative to acquiring and developing skills in areas of their choice especially those related to their jobs. While its introduction was met with different responses, it could be noted that in some cases ODL has been viewed with scepticism and in others it has been received with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Declining Enrollment, Qualitative Research
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Mpofu, John; Chimhenga, Sylod; Mafa, Onias – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2013
Students with Hearing Impairment (HI) are experiencing learning problems in most institutions of Higher Learning in Zimbabwe. Access to colleges and universities is limited and where they are accepted, there are no facilities to cater for their needs, hence there is need to develop learning materials that enable these students to learn effectively…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Open Universities, Foreign Countries, Distance Education
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Mpofu, John; Chimhenga, Sylod; Mafa, Onias – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2013
Zimbabwe Distance Open University is enrols students from both urban and rural settings. The majority of students living and working in rural areas have limited or no access to computers and electricity as a result the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the learning process is very limited. Though government has realized the…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Open Universities
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Samkange, Wellington; Muranda, Augustine Zano – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2013
There have been concerns about the teaching and learning modes in both conventional and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions globally. Such concerns emanate from issues of quality and standards in education. In view of such concerns, the study examined the teaching and learning modes in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). These were…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Educational Quality, Educational Administration, Student Attitudes
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Samkange, Wellington – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2013
Zimbabwe like most developing countries continues to experience shortages in skills. One such area that has experienced skills shortages is education. This has resulted in governments and education institutions coming up with innovative ways to improve the training of of teachers. Such innovative models include the Open & Distance Learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Distance Education, Open Education
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Samkange, Wellington – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2012
A study was carried out to assess the assessment procedures used at one Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution in Zimbabwe. The study focused on the views and perceptions of current and former students of the university. The study also analyzed some documents on assessment procedures at the university. The study used the qualitative…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Tests, Educational Administration
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Mafa, Onias; Gudhlanga, Enna Sukutai – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2012
An examination is an important component of any institution that educates people. It is a form of assessment used to measure the students' understanding of the concepts and principles they would have learnt. Zimbabwe Open University, an Open and Distance Learning institution has been setting its own examinations for the academic programmes…
Descriptors: Identification, Open Universities, Quality Control, Item Banks
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Nenge, Richard Tafara; Chimbadzwa, Zvinaiye; Mapolisa, Tichaona – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2012
This study highlighted some of the major challenges that Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) academic staff experiences in connection with Information Communication Technology (ICT) implementation. It employed a qualitative paradigm rooted in a case study research design focusing on ZOU Academic Staff at the selected Faculties. It purposively sampled…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Technology, Open Universities, Foreign Countries
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Mapolisa, Tichaona – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2012
The study examined the ODL learners' perceptions of the quality of provision of research support services to the ODL learners by tutors. It focused on the Zimbabwe Open University's (ZOU) Bachelor of Education (Educational Management) research students' experiences. It was a qualitative multiple case study of four of the 10 Regional Centres of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Internet
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Kangai, Caleb; Bukaliya, Richard; Musika, Farirai; Babra, Mapuranga – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2011
One of the issues that have continued to attract the attention of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) educators, scholars and researchers at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) is the question of quality in the assessment of students' research work. This study was part of a series of studies, into issues of quality, currently being conducted at the…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Research Projects, Student Research, Undergraduate Students