ODL and Social Justice in Higher Education: Increasing the Probability of the Possibilities

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2008-09
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PCF5 Sub-theme: Governance and social justice // Social justice in higher education would connote equal opportunity to access, participate and benefit from higher education which simply means removal of barriers thus inclusion of all those who have traditionally been excluded either by history, perceptions or structures. Because of it flexibility of programmes and forms of delivery open and distance learning (ODL) has been acknowledged to have greater potential for reducing these barriers. However, to date, especially in developing societies there are still a great number of people who are missing out on higher education. This paper attempts to explore the strategies for increasing the probability of realization of the potentials of ODL hence expanding the possibility of social justice in higher education. Acknowledging that there are a number of strategies that can boost possibilities for social justice in higher education the paper focuses on only a few including the bridging courses and partnerships in the development, use and sustainability of open educational resources (OERs). Drawing examples from the foundation course that is offered by the Open University of Tanzania the paper explains how the bridging courses can uplift access to higher education for those who conventionally would otherwise be left out. Highlighting on experiences of the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Programme the paper examines partnerships in development as well as and use and sustainability of OERs. The purpose is to stimulate more understanding, thought, interest and discussion about the role of bridging courses/programmes and appropriate partnerships/networks in developing OERs in enhancing the capacity of ODL to contribute towards social justice in Higher Education. // Paper ID 652

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Tanzania
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