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Improving teaching and learning from a distance

Ridge, Elaine; Waghid, Yusef

This chapter begins by examining the historical evolution of the construct of distance education in Southern Africa.  In doing so, it explores the educational philosophies underlying distance education and illustrates how distance education has evolved from operating outside higher education to increasingly being a part of higher education, enabling institutions to fulfil their goals of equity and access. The second section focuses on the development of distance education programmes and provides practical input for those charged with setting up or augmenting such programmes, using a 'fourth generation' Instructional Systems Design approach.  In the last section of the chapter, materials developed for distance education are analysed to illustrate the principles of instructional design that underpin them. 

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Chapter Title: Improving teaching and learning from a distance
Book Title: Improving teaching and learning in higher education: a handbook for Southern Africa
Edited by: Sinfree Makoni
City: Johannesburg
Publisher: Witwatersrand University Press
No. of Pages: 77-97

Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Distance Learning, South African Universities, Teaching, Learning, Constructivism, Distance Education, Course Design, Course Development

File Size:172 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the author.
Date Added:27 March 2007

Ridge, Elaine; Waghid, Yusef (2000). Improving teaching and learning from a distance, In Sinfree Makoni (ed) Improving teaching and learning in higher education : a handbook for Southern Africa, South Africa: Witwatersrand University Press, 77-97