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Open and distance learning: What are the benefits for Africa, and what is its future?
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, , University of Montreal, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a three-year longitudinal study (2007–2010) on open and distance learning (ODL) programs in Africa offered by the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the equivalent of the Commonwealth for French-speaking countries. We employed a mixed-method approach, including (1) an online questionnaire targeting students who were taking or had recently completed an ODL program offered by AUF in 2008 (N = 626); and (2) semi-directed individual phone interviews (N = 24). We performed descriptive and inferential analyses (SPSS) of the questionnaire data and a thematic analysis (QDA Miner) of the interview transcripts. In this presentation, we focus on the results concerning students’ challenges and satisfactions as well as the benefits of ODL programs. We draw some conclusions about the pros and cons of ODL in the current African sociocultural context.

Citation

Karsenti, T. & Collin, S. (2010). Open and distance learning: What are the benefits for Africa, and what is its future?. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1869-1872). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .

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