New Paradigm in Access to Education: The University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre's Experience

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Aderinoye, Rashid
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF5: Cross-Cutting Theme // The University of Ibadan established in 1948 to promote higher education has always been conscious of ensuring that its gate remained open to many prospective learners rather than few. This perhaps informed its decision in 1988 to establish a unit that will further provide access to those who for reasons of geographical location, occupation and time constraint among others could not afford to attend the conventional system. Since the establishment of the Distance Learning Centre (DLC), student population has been very low until recently when there was a noticeable increase in the enrolment. The increase in enrolment became obvious during the last two students matriculation when it jumped from hundreds to thousands of students. Reasons for this have not been empirically established. The purpose of this paper was to find out among others, factors responsible for the sudden upsurge in student enrolment, the reaction of the entire university community, the fears and expectations of the students and mechanisms put in place by the university to cope with the large enrolment without jeopardizing quality and interest of the conventional programmes vis-à-vis the distance learning mode. The paper further investigates the role of ICT embraced by the Centre as against the heavy reliance on professional teachers in the line post. The instruments used to obtain data for this study were: interview schedule, management information provider and student response questionnaires, and the review of essential literature and related documents. The paper was concluded with recommendations that promote inclusive learning rather than exclusive learning without necessarily sacrificing the quality of the various programmes of the Centre. // Paper ID 313
Distance Education, Access, Distance Education (Dual Mode), ICT in Education, Higher Education