Assessment of the Contribution of Online Information Resources in Open Distance Learning Mode to the Development of Lifelong Learning in South-West, Nigeria

Oladipo, A.J ; Okiki, O.C (2020-06)

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Global information resources and sophisticated technology have accelerated the availability and utilization of Online Information Resources (OIR) in the Open Distance Learning environment. The study examines the contributions of OIR to Open Distance and Lifelong Learning in relation to three purposively selected dual-mode institutions in South-West Nigeria. A sample of 425 open distance learners was purposively selected from three (3) dual-mode institutions and three (3) study centres from the only single-mode university in Nigeria. The finding shows that OIR contributed significantly to both Open Distance and Lifelong learning. The finding highlights the increased desire for continued learning and the suitability of the OIR in enhancing learning and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education. This, nevertheless, suggests that government should ensure the implementation of the vision of free Wi-Fi in public spaces.