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  • Accessibility of Open Educational Resources for Distance Education Learners: The Case of the Open University of Tanzania

    This paper investigated the accessibility of Open Educational Resources at The Open University of Tanzania. Specifically, the study looked at staff and students’ level of awareness on the types of OER available at OUT Library, access and use trends of OER by academic staff and students, challenges faced in accessing OER and possible solutions. The study involved one hundred and twenty (120)...

  • Developing ODL Curricula and Learning Resources: Guidelines for Effective Practice

    This document outlines a process for curriculum and learning resource development for effective ODL provision. It suggests three core stages of curriculum design, course design and learning resource development which are inter-related. Examples are taken from a workshop held in Patna, Bihar State, India between 04 and 15 March, 2013.

  • Promoting Open and Distance Learning: A Focus on Open Educational Resources

    Presentation at the Association of African Universities (AAU) Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) is an assembly of the chief executive officers of member institutions or their representatives. The theme of the 2011conference was: Strengthening the Space of Higher Education in Africa.

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 1: Classroom Management: Group Work

    In this Iomthamo, learners will think about, and try out, ways of organising learners into groups in the classroom, in order to help them to learn more actively and effectively. When teachers have completed Iomthamo, they should be able to: * Plan an activity involving small group work; * Organise and implement the activity; * Critically evaluate what happened and why it happened.

  • Impact of OpenCourseWare Publication on Higher Education Participation and Student Recruitment

    The free and open publication of course materials (OpenCourseWare or OCW) was initially undertaken by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other universities primarily to share educational resources among educators (Abelson, 2007). OCW, however, and more in general open educational resources (OER),1 have also provided well-documented opportunities for all learners, including the so...

  • A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

    This Guide comprises three sections. The first – a summary of the key issues – is presented in the form of a set of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Its purpose is to provide readers with a quick and user-friendly introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and some of the key issues to think about when exploring how to use OER most effectively. The second section is a more comprehensive...

  • Impact of Opencourseware on Paid Enrollment in Distance Learning Courses

    Since MIT launched the first OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative in 2002, responses from the academic community have ranged from exuberance to angst. Some institutions have been reluctant to adopt a program of open publishing because of concerns about long-term funding and possible adverse effects on paid enrollment. Money is an issue, forcing some organizations that initially created OCW...

  • E-Learning and Distance Education Policy, University of Nottingham

    This policy covers educational provision leading to an award or part of an award which is delivered and/or supported and/or assessed through means which generally do not require the student to attend particular classes or events at particular times and particular locations. This includes practice such as e-learning, distance learning, blended learning, flexible learning, instructor led...

  • Instructional Design for Online Courses

    A presentation looking at factors to consider instructional design for online courses.

  • Challenges in Implementing Distance Learning Programs

    Poses important questions to consider in implementing distance learning programmes focussing on instructional, management and Assessment Challenges

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