275
views
2
recommends
+1 Recommend
2 collections
    2
    shares
       
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: found
      Is Open Access

      Distance Education Research in South Africa: A Longitudinal Study into the Research Levels of ODL Journal Articles

      Preprint
      In review
      research-article
      1 ,   1 ,
      UnisaRxiv
      UNISA Press
      distance education, ODL, online learning , research trends, South Africa
      Bookmark

            Abstract

            The academic field of distance education is a relatively new and dynamic field. The measure of an academic field lies in the richness and depth of its published research. The University of South Africa is the oldest open distance learning higher education institute in the world. Owing to its status internationally as the leader of distance education, it is prudent to analyse and reflect on the research outputs published by South African academics, particularly regarding the levels of research. This paper follows from the research published by Roberts, which analysed South African distance learning research levels and sublevels from articles published between 2011 and 2015. This is a longitudinal study that analyses and compares the research trends for the five-year periods from 2010 to 2014 and 2015 to 2019. The data were obtained from the Scopus and SABINET databases, using the same search criteria employed by Roberts. The levels of research publications were analysed according to the open distance learning research framework of Zawacki-Richter and are presented through descriptive statistics. The results indicate that although the number of published open distance learning research articles has more than doubled, the research levels have not shown any significant change.

            Content

            Author and article information

            Journal
            UnisaRxiv
            UNISA Press
            30 May 2021
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Open Distance Learning Research Unit (ODLRU), University of South Africa, Preller Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
            Author notes
            Article
            10.25159/UnisaRxiv/000012.v1
            7741e16d-1208-46f3-aaf6-2cbd0d213f11

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

            Funding
            N/A N/A

            The data that support the findings of this study are available from the authors as well as the institution that the authors are affiliated with but restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license for the current study, and so are not publicly available. Data are however available from the authors upon reasonable request and with permission of the authors as well as the institution that the authors are affiliated with.
            Education
            distance education,ODL,online learning ,research trends,South Africa

            Comments

            Comment on this article