The Role of Open and Distance Learning in Skills Development: A Papua New Guinean Case Study
A skills based society is one that will help it to move forward and progress in development. Skills come hand in hand with Knowledge – i.e. new skills are always needed to complement new knowledge acquired. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is a relatively new concept in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as it is a developing country. ODL does however, play an important role in disseminating skills to the population that do not have the opportunity to further their education at tertiary/ higher learning institutions. A variety of skills are taught in formal or traditional classroom settings and many others are taught in the societies or village communities and settings. The primary aim of this research is to look into the roles of ODL in the dissemination of skills to the population. The focus is on the “University of Papua New Guinea Open College and its Certificate in Tertiary and Community Studies as a tool for skills development through ODL. In addition this paper discusses the importance of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and how IKSs influence learners’ prior learning of skills.