Portrait of ODL in Africa: Results of a three-year longitudinal study (2007–2010)

ID: 33380 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Simon Collin, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada
  2. Thierry Karsenti, University of Montreal, Canada

Wednesday, March 30 2:45-2:55 PM Location: Grand 4

Presider: Nagarajah Lee, Open University Malaysia, Malaysia

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a three-year longitudinal study (2007–2010) on open distance learning (ODL) programs in Africa offered by the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). We focus on (1) a sociological and technological profile of the participants; (2) their motivations for enrolling in an open distance learning program; (3) their perceptions of ODL; (4) the challenges and satisfactions they experienced; and (5) the benefits they obtained after earning a diploma. We draw some conclusions about the pros and cons of ODL in Africa’s sociocultural landscape.


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