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- ItemOpen AccessAccess and Success in Learning: Technologies for Scaling up Open and Distance Learning Programme in the Institute of Distance Learning, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana(2010-11) Essel, Rebecca; Owusu-Boateng, WilliamIn recent years, in the field of education and training, there is an increasing world-wide interest in students opting to read open and distance learning programmes and also stakeholders expanding their infrastructure and distance learning programmes. The terms open and distance learning (ODL) represent approaches that focus on opening access to education and freeing learners from the constraints of time and place and offering flexible learning opportunities to individuals/groups of learners (UNESCO, 1997). The distant learner sees ODL as a way of increasing access, flexibility and combination to work and education or a more learner-centered approach, with new ways of interaction. According to (UNESCO 2002) report on trends, policy and strategy considerations, the term ‘distance learning is used as a synonym for the more comprehensive and precise term distance education’. The main aim of distance education is to create wide opportunities for learners to study regardless of their geographic, socioeconomic conditions or other constraints. Distance learning would usually have the learners become responsible for what and how they learn, and who to ask for help.
- ItemOpen AccessUsing DL to Address the Educational Need of the Ghanaian Basic School Teachers(2008) Owusu-Boateng, William; Essel, Rebecca; Mensah, Joseph AThis study was conducted to find out the acceptability of Distance Learning (DL) to Basic School Teachers in Ghana and how they are availing themselves to DL programmes in the country. It was also conducted to find out the opportunities available to teachers who opt for DL programmes and how they finance their education. // A questionnaire was administered to 320 Basic School teachers pursuing DL programmes in four study centres of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. The study revealed that: Basic school teachers have accepted DL programmes as they allow them to study at their convenience, pace and to enjoy the comfort of the home. It also affords them access to lifelong education. // This paper makes recommendation on the need for Ghana Education Service (GES) to financially support teachers who opt for DL. It also recommends some other incentives that GES could give to teachers pursuing DL programmes to attract them to opt for DL programmes, as this will go a long way to solve the problem of shortage of teachers at the Basic level and to drastically reduce the high turn over of teachers. // Paper ID 240