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Attitudes and perceptions of students to open and distance learning in Nigeria

Ojo, Olugbenga David; Olakulehin, Felix Kayode

Abstract:
In the West African region of Africa, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is the first full fledged university that operates in an exclusively open and distance learning (ODL) mode of education. NOUN focuses mainly on open and distance teaching and learning system, and delivers its courses materials via print in conjunction with information and communication technology (ICT), when applicable. This "single mode" of open education is different from the integration of distance learning system into the face- to- face teaching and learning system, which is more typical of conventional universities in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Thus, NOUN reflects a novel development in the provision of higher education in Nigeria. This study assesses the attitudes and perceptions of distance teaching and learning by students enrolled in the NOUN and of the National Teachers' Institute (NTI) compared to their experiences at conventional universities. One hundred and twenty (n = 120) randomly selected NOUN and NTI students of NOUN were the subjects of the study. The Students'  Attitude and Perception Rating of Open and Distance Learning Institutions Inventory (SAPRODLII), developed by the researchers, was administered to the subjects to measure their attitudes and experiences. Results of the study showed that students generally hold a positive perception and attitude towards ODL, compared to traditional forms of higher education.

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Title of Paper: Attitudes and perceptions of students to open and distance learning in Nigeria


Date:2006
Document Type:journal article
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Open and Distance Learning, Student Perception, Survey, Nigeria, Distance Education


File Size:174 KB
Additional information:International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 7 (1)
Date Added:20 June 2006


Ojo, Olugbenga David and Olakulehin, Felix Kayode (2006). Attitudes and perceptions of students to open and distance learning in Nigeria. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 7 (1).