Planning and policy: Synergy to effective open and distance learning administration in Nigeria
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Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Suryakancana University, Cianjur, Indonesia
Considering the consequential roles Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is currently playing in ensuring educational delivery at doorsteps of those who desire it, it becomes highly imperative that its administration needs to be eff ective so that the goals for which it was introduced are achieved. This paper considers planning and policy as synergy to eff ective Open and Distance Learning administration in Nigeria. Four modes of operation in ODL, namely single, dual, mixed, and consortia, were equally highlighted. The author also discussed some of the critical areas like communication system, learners’ support, staff personnel appraisal, as well as nature and quantity of resources that require eff ective planning. Furthermore, some policy implications which bother on issues such as quality assurance, the use of technology, inclusiveness, and staff supports were brought to the fore. It was concluded that ODL has truly become an accepted and essential part of the main-stream of educational systems in both developed and developing countries. Finally, the paper recommends inter alia the need for ODL curriculum designers to ensure fl exibility so as to accommodate the needs and experiences of a range of diverse people, provision of eff ective supports for the learners and the participating staff , the ODL environment to be more accommodating, stimulating, and motivating for the distance learners.
Open and distance learning , Planning , Policy , Learner supports , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Oladejo, M.A. (2014). Planning and policy: Synergy to effective open and distance learning administration in Nigeria. ATIKAN: Jurnal Kajian Pendidikan (Journal of Educational Studies), Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Suryakancana University, Cianjur, Indonesia, Vol.4(2); 275-282pp.