Distance education and open learning in Sub-Saharan Africa: A literature survey on policy and practice
This report is a review of the literature on current developments and prospects in the field of open and distance learning in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Education is seen as a major impetus behind fundamental change or transformation in many societies. This transformation is multi-dimensional in the sense that changes occur across various domains, including the political, cultural, social, economic, individual (intellectual) and technological. In modern Sub-Saharan African societies, the major agent effecting the process of education has been the traditional education system, whose distinguishing features are face-to-face interaction between teachers and learners, structured courses of study, fixed locations for learning, fixed time-tables and a system of certification. Many nations throughout SSA have realised the paramount significance of this formal education, and have made very serious efforts to provide human and material resources for the purposes of educating the citizenry in this way. However, for various important reasons that fall outside of the scope of this report, none of the countries in SSA have fulfilled the promise of providing education to the entire population through the conventional education system.
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Mohee, Romeela (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2019-04)This publication contributes to the debate surrounding Quality Assurance in higher education, highlighting good practices in the context of distance and blended learning in Southern African universities. The case studies ...
Costing distance education and open learning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Working Group on Distance Education and Open Learning South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2004)Both of these "Surveys of policy and practice" were conducted on behalf of COL by the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) as part of COL's partnership agreement with the Association for the Development ...
Distance education and open learning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Criteria and conditions for quality and critical success factors South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2002)ADEA (2002, 2003) notes that with increasing demand for access to educational opportunities at all levels, and often decreasing budgets in real terms for educational provision, there has been a growing interest in sub-Saharan ...
Technology-Mediated Open and Distance Education for Agricultural Education and Improved Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa Alluri, Krishna; Zachmann, Rainer (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2008)The Learning for Livelihoods Sector of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL; www.col.org) addresses the major challenges related to learning and skills development that are key for living and for improvement of livelihoods. ...
Nwaocha, Vivian O (2013-11)The swift rate of mobile penetration in developing countries is projecting these nations into the next century as well as providing novel and previously unimagined opportunities. Nevertheless in sub-Saharan Africa, despite ...