Libraries Without Walls and Open and Distance Learning in Africa: The Nigerian Experience

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2008
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Igwe, Ukoha O
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF5: Cross-Cutting Theme // Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is gradually gaining ground in Africa. Even though ODL in Africa is still saddled with teething problems, workers, politicians, school leavers and the general public are trooping into ODL institutions to acquire education. // Nigeria is a new comer in Open and Distance Learning. The experiences of several open and distance learning institutions viz: Open University of United Kingdom (OUUK), Athabasca University (Canada’s Open University), Open University of Hong Kong, Indira Gandhi National Open University, (IGNOU), University of South Africa (UNISA), etc have provided a baseline for the take off of the only Open University in Nigeria – the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). // Libraries are indispensable in every facet of higher education. Effective library support to distance learners is mandatory for qualitative delivery of instruction and learning. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has transformed all aspects of society particularly information dissemination. The development of libraries without walls has definite benefits to distance learners. Developed and developing countries are creating Virtual learning environments and libraries without walls to reach multitudes of learners at various locations. // This paper examines the general experiences of Open and Distance Learning in Africa, the evolution of ODL in Nigeria and the structure of library services provided to distant learners particularly in Nigeria. It examines the challenges in creating and providing library without walls for distance education and the prospects of library without walls in a developing country like Nigeria. The paper will also present a discussion on how NOUN is developing creative solutions to the challenges. // Paper ID 399

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Library and Information Services,Open and Distance Learning (ODL),ICT in Education
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Nigeria
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Africa
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