PCF5:What is the value of good research in open and distance learning?
Title of session
... What is the value of good research in open and distance learning?...
- Chair:: ... Dr. P Vijayalakshmi Pandit, Director Prof. R. Ram Reddy Research Academy of Distance Education ...
- Stand in Reporter:: ... Susan Sela, Subject Coordinator, College of Foundation Studies, and University of the South Pacific...
- Dr. Regina Masalela, Perceptions of distance education practitioners on the certificate course for distance education: Botswana Case
- Prof. Majed Rashid, (Paper 1)- Demographical analysis of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) executive MBA/MPA students
- Prof. Majed Rashid, (Paper 2)- Executive Students’ attitude towards technological change in learning (ICT)
Key Issues that arose in the session
Aim of research: The AIOU wanted to know what are and who are the main segments in the MBA and MPA offered and to know which was the more popular.
- MBA is more popular than MPA
- MBA enrolment although 12% of AIOU total enrolment, is steadily increasing
- 14% of MBA executives are female and mostly mature students with some years of experience
- 44% of students who enrolled came to know of the programme through advertisements ( promotions strategy of AIOU)
- Age group of mature students, 26 -30 years
- Students came from a variety of educational backgrounds
- MBA is the more popular but both have a low female enrolment
- Need to strategise ways to increase female enrolments
Points for future action (Policy, recommendations, commitments etc.)
- Possibly there is a need to identify the different needs of female executives in order to attract more to the programme
- Concern for the decreasing enrolments for MPA – reason is MPA is not as highly marketable as MBA.
- Definite interest among some on the academic and governance issues surrounding the programme – the Prospectus was offered for such information
- AIOU offers this MBA by blending the international and local
Hypothesis: Executive students have positive attitude towards ICT
Research conducted involved students of both programmes.
- Most students feel that ICT makes learning simple and easy
- Most had a positive attitude towards ICT
- Significant correlation bet. Independent variables and dependent variables.
- Any negativity that existed soon changed positively through the use of ICT.
- Need for training of students for ICT
- Since majority of students are positive towards ICT, this lends itself greatly to expansion of the programme
- Problems highlighted in this case study are important and need to be addressed if students are to remain enrolled in the programme.
- Research is crucial for the development of ODL