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Title:Snapshots of student-teachers' experiences of DVDs in a learner support programme in a developing ODL context
Authors:Kok, Illasha
Blignaut, A. Seugnet
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Geographic terms:Namibia
South Africa
Subjects:information technology
distance education
teaching methods
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2014.935002
Abstract:The School of Continuing Teacher Education (SCTE) in South Africa delivers an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) Learner Support Programme to Open Distance Learning (ODL) students in Namibia, a developing sub-Saharan African country. This paper examines the experiences of student-teachers using DVDs included in the tutorial package. Fifteen participants from rural and remote areas of Namibia took part in a semi-structured focus group and individual interviews. A first phase analysis identified a set of codes and categories that guided the researchers to two themes to using DVDs: frustration and attitude. Student-teachers' frustration and attitude towards DVDs are linked to sufficient appropriate information, also available as a paper-based tutorial package. Although electronic learning material can assist in achieving curriculum goals and enrich students' learning experiences, students' expectations are paramount in the design and development of instructional DVDs. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]