Achieving pedagogical richness to meet the needs of ODL learners

Zoraini Wati Abas, and Halimatolhanin Mohd Khalid, (2006) Achieving pedagogical richness to meet the needs of ODL learners. In: Enhancing Learning Through Technology. World Scientific, pp. 161-170. ISBN 9789812705587

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Open Distance Learning (ODL) institutions around the world have realized that effective pedagogies are critical in retaining students. In addition, as technology becomes increasingly available and affordable, more ODL institutions are leveraging on various technologies of learning to provide more efficient and effective pedagogies. The Open University Malaysia (OUM), for example, adopts a blend of learning approaches to educate its growing number of learners spread across the country. The blend involves interactive print and electronic media to support self-learning, peer learning as well as learning that is facilitated by the tutor. A successful blend is one that provides the right amount of opportunity for learners to construct their own learning. As OUM continues to experiment with new ways of using technology, it is important for the learning to be more efficient and effective particularly to cater to its exponential growth in student numbers. How pedagogical richness is conceptualised through various technologies such as audio and video streaming, online discussions, multimedia and print is described in terms of dynamism and level of interactivity. How an improved blend of learning is achieved through the development of various learning modes, technology and media or delivery used is described. The model for the pedagogical richness (in response to the need to cater to the different learning styles and requirements of 45,000 learners who are dispersed geographically in 55 locations, both urban and rural) is provided. The greater challenge of ensuring the effectiveness of tutors who need to be able to adapt (from their preferred teaching style) to the requirements of the various pedagogical strategies at OUM is also discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Fulltext of the article can be accessed at OUM Digital Library via Ebrary database
Uncontrolled Keywords: Educational technology ; Learning ; Internet in education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 04:06
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 08:33

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