Improving Access to Research Supervision and Supervisors: Use of Email In the Supervisory Relationship among Selected Distance Education Research Students of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

dc.contributor.author Kajumbula, Richard
dc.coverage.placeName Uganda
dc.coverage.spatial Africa
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-08T12:46:41Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-08T12:46:41Z
dc.date.issued 2008-09
dc.description.abstract PCF5 Sub-theme: Cross-cutting Themes // The Distance Education (DE) programme of Makerere University (MAK), Uganda is designed to widen the potential of DE for access to learning for development. Research students on the Bachelor of Commerce collect data from business enterprises, analyse it and apply it in the communities. Using email in this exercise saves time in supervision since scattered students can have access to their supervisors anytime. Using a questionnaire on a purposively selected sample of students and small businesses, findings showed that use of internet creates an opportunity for distant students to access their supervisors, progress on their reports and keep in touch with the business owners. Students can therefore have a positive experience of their own learning at a distance and improve their relevance in being able to apply the findings to improve performance of business enterprises. These findings indicate that email can be an effective medium of improving access to learning for development. However, there was a difference between actual usage and planned usage. Students expected immediate feedback, high marks and fulltime interaction with their supervisor. Limited access to internet peers meeting physically with supervisor and need for clarity led to some students not using email. It is recommended that supervisors visit centres where research students cannot be reached by email, sensitisation be done to encourage students and tutors to use internet for supervision, public private partnerships be made between the university and the business community and more study centers with internet connectivity be opened up. // Paper ID 731
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/4684
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
dc.title Improving Access to Research Supervision and Supervisors: Use of Email In the Supervisory Relationship among Selected Distance Education Research Students of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
dc.type Working Paper
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