Assuring Institutional Quality in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in the Developing Contexts

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Folake Ruth Aluko (Editor)
Center for Distance Education University of Pretoria, South Africa

Moeketsi Letseka (Editor)
College of Education, University of South Africa (UNISA), Editor-in-Chief: Africa Education Review, South Africa

Victor Pitsoe (Editor)
University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU041000

Quality assurance and its management are common practices in higher education. However, they have only recently become a major concern in open and distance learning (ODL), especially in developing contexts. South Africa has identified ODL as a strategic avenue for expanding access to higher education, and has recently transformed a policy on ODL practices. However, having a policy will not necessarily assure quality unless practices on the ground are aligned with such a policy. The ODL mode of delivery in developing contexts needs to consciously build quality into its management and practices. While internationally there have been attempts to address quality management issues through journal articles and books, generally the literature in this area remains scanty with respect to ODL. This is especially the case in terms of closing the gap between policy propositions and implementation. Assuring Institutional Quality in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in the Developing Contexts seeks to bridge this gap between policy propositions and implementation of ODL in developing contexts, with a focus on South Africa. (Imprint: Nova)

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Preface

Chapter 1. Introduction and Background
Ruth Aluko, Moeketsi Letseka and Victor Pitsoe (Center for Distance Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 2. Meaning of Quality in Open Distance Learning
Seake H. Rampa and Kgomotso Mphahlele (Department of Educational Studies, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)

Chapter 3. Theorizing Quality in ODL Practices
Victor Pitsoe and Matsephe M. Letseka (College of Education: University of South Africa, South Africa)

Chapter 4. Assuring Quality Management and Administrative Services in ODL
Jabulani Nyoni (Department of Educational Leadership and Management, College of Education: University of South Africa, South Africa)

Chapter 5. Quality Access to Open Distant Learning (ODL) in South Africa
Sibonginkosi Mazibuko (Department of Development Studies, College of Human Sciences, South Africa)

Chapter 6. Open Distance Learning as a Second Chance
Simeon Maile (School of Educational Studies, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)

Chapter 7. Programme Design in ODL
Tony Mays (South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE), Johannesburg, South Africa)

Chapter 8. Quality Student Support in ODL
Victor Pitsoe (Department of Educational Leadership and Management, College of Education: University of South Africa, South Africa)

Chapter 9. Program Evaluation as a Tool for Ensuring Quality in Open Distance Learning
Ruth Aluko (Center for Distance Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 10. Quality in Open Distance Learning (ODL) Research: Reflections on the University of South Africa (UNISA)
Moeketsi Letseka (Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education: University of South Africa, South Africa)

Chapter 11. Managing the Quality of a Module
Vimbi Petrus. Mahlangu (Department of Education Management & Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 12. Conclusion
Ruth Aluko, Moeketsi Letseka and Victor Pitsoe (Center for Distance Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and others)

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