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- ItemOpen AccessA Glimpse into Resources in Aid of Library and Information Service for the Emerging Distance Education: A Case of Botswana.(2008-09) Oladokun, Olugbade SamuelPCF5 Sub-theme: Cross-cutting Themes // Distance education is not a recent phenomenon in Botswana. From the training of teachers to training and re-training of nurses and floating of other secondary and tertiary level courses, distance education in the country has come of age. The buildup of upgrading enrolled nurses (EN) to registered nursing (RN) by distance delivery system was a new fillip added to the venture in recent past. // In Botswana today, education is made available by distance mode to several individuals including the politicians, political and economic refugees, those affected by conflicts and also asylum seekers, among others. Thus in consonance with the belief that this learning mode can contribute to social stability and improve livelihood, training and knowledge is taken to the marginalized, isolated and underprivileged. Some examples can be seen in the efforts of such institutions as Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL), as well as the cross-border institutions. Consequent upon the emerging expansion of using open and distance learning in a range of situations and the opportunities it offers for all categories of people to improve themselves socially, politically and economically or widen access to learning opportunities, this paper notes the dispersal of distance learners in the country and taps into untapped resources that could be exploited to strengthen distance education. // As necessary ingredients to quality learning, the essential role of libraries in this form of education is discussed. The paper also takes a glimpse into a range of available resources that can be utilized to provide library and information resources and services to the emerging distance learners in Botswana. Discussed in the paper also are the application of appropriate technologies such as the liberalized telecommunications services including mobile telephony; the products of the licensed internet service providers (ISPs), private telecommunications networks (PTNs), as well as other ICT resources. // Paper ID 668
- ItemOpen AccessThe Development of Electronic Mediated Initiatives in the Delivery of Library Service to Remote Students(2004-07) Oladokun, Olugbade SamuelPCF3 // The application of electronic networks and other communication technologies provide extensive opportunities for the enhancement and improvement of access to education and training for people who could not make themselves available for the traditional face-to-face system. In particular, the new technology has demonstrated to be of immense benefit to people in remote and isolated locations that lack direct access to education and training facilities at higher/tertiary level. Besides, in today’s world of open and distance learning learners are found anywhere and everywhere. Distance education enforces that learning is not restricted to any particular place or time. There has therefore been an incredible change at all levels of education with respect to the application of ICT. // It is now not uncommon to note that the process of teaching and learning in this environment is conducted online. Conversely, as a way of extending library and information support service to these remote learners, libraries of distance teaching institutions have extensively embraced the use of electronic systems and other communication media. The paper notes the extensive use of the computer mediated communication systems to reach out to the remote learners by distance teaching libraries in advanced countries of the world. To some extent, developing countries are also striving not to be completely left behind. Of course, a lot of obstacles recline on the way of these libraries. // This paper also gives an insight into the adoption of this system in some developing countries. It narrows the discussion to the development and application of electronic mediated initiatives in aid of learning at the University of Botswana where the operational system is dual-mode. The paper elaborates on the significance of staff development training effort in the use of technologies for student support.