21
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
1 collections
    0
    shares
       
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: found
      Is Open Access

      E-Tutors’ Practices in Facilitating a Signature Module in Open and Distance Learning at the University of South Africa

      Preprint
      In review
      research-article
        1 ,
      UnisaRxiv
      UNISA Press
      adult learner, open and distance learning, student support, online learning, diverse
      Bookmark

            Abstract

            The discourse on the dropout rate of young adult learners in open and distance learning is increasing in higher education. However, supporting students who use new technologies in open and distance learning is gaining attention. Currently, there is an understanding between the University of South Africa and its students to adopt the open distance e-learning model to increase access to higher education. It is against this background that I conducted the study to investigate e-tutors’ practices in facilitating a signature module in an open and distance learning environment. This is a study of e-tutors’ views on the adequacy of student support to adult students in undergraduate studies. In this study, I followed a qualitative research approach using a case study design. I used purposeful sampling to interview 15 e-tutors from a total of 27. The e-tutors were selected from module BPT1501 in an undergraduate programme in the College of Education at the University of South Africa. In this study, I adopted the Community of Inquiry Theory of Garrison, Anderson and Archer as a lens to analyse themes and research findings. The theoretical framework is suitable for online learning which offers student, teacher and content interaction. In the study, I indicated major findings such as in some rural areas there are no internet facilities, some students do not have access to electricity, and some students have access to electricity but no internet connectivity.

            Content

            Author and article information

            Journal
            UnisaRxiv
            UNISA Press
            31 May 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Unesco Chair in Open Distance Learning, University of South Africa
            Author notes
            Article
            10.25159/UnisaRxiv/000060.v1
            f9c17190-ac9f-4cfd-b9df-987514194968

            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 .


            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Education
            adult learner,open and distance learning,student support,online learning,diverse

            Comments

            Comment on this article