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What is Open and Distance E-Learning (ODeL)

Student Support Toward Self-Directed Learning in Open and Distributed Environments
In ODeL, technology is used for teaching and e-learning, student support and communication.
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Student Support for Information and Communication Technology Modules in Open Distance Environments: Towards Self-Directed Learning
Leilani Goosen (University of South Africa, South Africa) and Dalize Van Heerden (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9316-4.ch002
The purpose of the chapter relates to providing perspectives on students' uptake of virtual learning environment (VLE) technologies in an information and communication technology (ICT) module taught in an open and distance e-learning (ODeL) environment. With the aim of helping students to access the assessment and support provided via the VLE, possibly improving the pass rate of the module, it provides readers with an overview and summary of the content of this chapter. Examples of how concepts are formulated within the theoretical and conceptual framework are provided. The chapter also includes a literature review on research into students' uptake of VLE technologies, to increase pass rates, in some cases in ODeL environments. The methodology adopted a non-experimental quantitative research design. The data collection instrument was a survey. Before concluding, solutions and results are presented, together with recommendations regarding improving implementing VLE technologies for an ICT module in an ODeL environment.
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