Open Distance Learning Through the Philosophy of Ubuntu

This collection of fourteen chapters that constitute the book grapples with a wide range of critical questions such as: How might embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu impact UNISAs ability to meaningfully deliver a humane, open distance ...

Author: Moeketsi Letseka


ISBN: 1634854039


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Access to higher education in South Africa poses a number of challenges. First, South Africa is said to be one of the most unequal societies in the world, with an estimated Gini coefficient that ranges between 0.63 and 0.69 (Human Sciences Research Council, 2014; Statistics South Africa, 2014). The wealth gap between the countrys rich and the poorest of the poor is both growing and getting worse. Second, UNISA is an open distance learning (ODL) institution that seeks to intervene and manage the above challenges by offering access to higher education opportunities to millions of South Africans, the majority of whom are descendants of sections of society that were denied opportunities to access higher education by a myriad of institutionalised apartheid policies and legislation which were racist and discriminative. With these concerns in mind, the author compiled Open Distance Learning (ODL) Through the Philosophy of Ubuntu, which is a sequel to the authors previous publication, Open Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa (Nova Publishers: New Nork, 2015); it explores the potential for the philosophy of Ubuntu to meaningfully shape UNISAs ability to deliver its ODL mode of teaching and learning. The philosophy of Ubuntu, which is also known as humaneness and/or human dignity, is an African worldview or normative concept that encapsulates moral values and principles such as kindness, generosity, compassion, benevolence, respect for persons, care and concern for others, as well as human dignity. The book draws on the philosophy of Ubuntu as a guiding conceptual framework to explore ways in which UNISAs vision of an African university in the service of humanity might be meaningfully driven and realised. This collection of fourteen chapters that constitute the book grapples with a wide range of critical questions such as: How might embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu impact UNISAs ability to meaningfully deliver a humane, open distance education to its students in South Africa, on the African continent, and on a global scale? How, for instance, would grounding UNISAs curricular offerings in the philosophy of Ubuntu turn the university into a uniquely African ODL institution? How would embracing the values and principles of Ubuntu shape UNISAs inclusive focus, research and innovative conceptual framework and impertaives, ODL teaching and learning, assessment and quality assurance, communication and public relations profile, among others? Finally, Open Distance Learning (ODL) Through the Philosophy of Ubuntu explores the plausibility of a radical change of mindset from business as usual to business unusual by re-imagining and recasting UNISAs ODL mission through the values and principles of the philosophy of Ubuntu. The book is the second offering of the planned trilogy of books on ODL in Southern Africa. The final volume, Assuring Institutional Quality in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in the Developing Contexts will complete this thought process on ODL.

Administrative Leadership in Open and Distance Learning Programs

Assuring quality in ODL through Ubuntu. In M. Letseka (Ed.), Open distance learning (ODL) through the philosophy of Ubuntu (pp. 107–118). New York, NY: Nova. Mori, K., & Ractliffe, L. (2016, April). Evaluating the use of a MOOC within ...

Author: Buyuk, Koksal

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781522526469

Category: Education

Page: 378

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The face of education is constantly being transformed due to rapid changes in technology. It is imperative that leadership trends and techniques be evaluated in the educational field, particularly in reference to alternative learning programs. Administrative Leadership in Open and Distance Learning Programs is a pivotal scholarly resource that discusses emerging issues surrounding the administration of non-traditional education practices. Highlighting relevant topics that include policy development, quality assurance, accreditation, and assessment systems, this publication is an ideal reference source for educators, academicians, graduate students, and researchers that are interested in the progression of open and distance education.

Trends in E learning

households, and that this proportion grew to 93.9% in 2011, making black Africans to carry the highest burden of poverty in the country. We argued that this constitutes ... Open Distance Learning (ODL) through the Philosophy of Ubuntu.

Author: Mahmut Sinecen

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9781789235425

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 162

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This book presents a collection of different researches and results on "e-learning". The chapters cover the deficiencies, requirements, advantages and disadvantages of e-learning and distance learning. So, the authors reported their research and analysis results on "e-learning" according to their areas of expertise.

Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Eastern and Southern Africa

Assuring Quality in ODL Through Ubuntu, in M. Letseka (Ed.), Open Distance Learning (ODL) Through the Philosophy of Ubuntu, Nova Publishers, New York, pp. 107–118. Matovu, M. (2012). Distance education in Uganda: Issues, opportunities, ...

Author: Peter Neema-Abooki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000426380

Category: Education

Page: 314

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This book examines the critical aspect of quality assurance maintenance of competitive-standards in African higher education. It explores both the micro and macro-levels of continental African higher education regulatory authorities, and analyses different institutional, regional and national practices for moving towards continental quality assurance approaches. Contributed to by scholars across Eastern and Southern Africa, the book considers conceptual, practical, epistemological and policy dimensions of quality and quality assurance, especially in relation to higher education in Africa. It therefore draws on research and local expertise to open up debate about how to assure and enhance the quality of higher education, providing a comprehensive review of eight countries and considers societal challenges. It aims to satisfy the need of more thoughtful and critical works on African education as produced by African educators. The uniqueness of this book lies in integrating both the theoretical and practical dimensions of quality to devise appropriate strategies for ensuring quality and standards in higher education in continental Africa and beyond. This authoritative book advocates for a timely discussion around the prpvision of good quality higher education and research in African universities, and will be of great interest to academics, policy makers, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of higher education, comparative education and African studies.

Contexts for Diversity and Gender Identities in Higher Education

He is professor and unesCo Chair of open Distance learning (oDl) at unisa. ... Open Distance Learning (ODL) through the Philosophy of Ubuntu, nova Publishers, new york; Open Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa, nova Publishers, ...

Author: Jaimie Hoffman

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781787560574

Category: Education

Page: 248

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This volume provides educators with a global understanding of the challenges associated with equity and inclusion in higher education, and it provides evidence-based strategies for addressing the challenges associated with implementing equity and inclusion at higher education institutions around the world.

Radical Solutions for Education in Africa

Open Education and Self-directed Learning in the Continent Daniel Burgos, Jacobus Alwyn Kruger Olivier, Jako Olivier. It is also important to note that ... Open distance learning (ODL) through the philosophy of Ubuntu. Nova Publishers.

Author: Daniel Burgos

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811640995

Category: Electronic books


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This book explores the state of open education in terms of self-directed learning on the African continent. Through a combination of conceptual, systematic literature review and empirical chapters, readers will get a research-based impression of these aspects in this area. Apart from presenting existing wider trends regarding open education, this book also reports on effective open practices in support of self-directed learning.

Developing and Supporting Multiculturalism and Leadership Development

Open distance learning (ODL) through the philosophy of Ubuntu. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Vimbi Petrus Mahlangu holds a B.A.Ed. (Vista University), B.Ed., M.Ed., & Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pretoria.

Author: Enakshi Sengupta

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781839094606

Category: Education

Page: 224

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The modern notion of humanism centres on the core qualities in all humans: agency, dignity, and development; primarily concerned with addressing contemporary human needs, concerns and problems. This book has an interdisciplinary focus on the development of human capacity at all levels, with the view that higher education is well suited for all.

Current State of Open Educational Resources in the Belt and Road Countries

Open Distance Learning (ODL) through the philosophy of Ubuntu. New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc. Luckett, K. (2011). Knowledge claims and codes of legitimation: Implications for curriculum recontextualisation in South African ...

Author: Ronghuai Huang

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811530401

Category: Education

Page: 244

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This book presents the current state of Open Educational Resources (OER) within the countries covered by the China's Belt and Road Initiative. The authors describe eight aspects of OER development in their countries: infrastructure, policy, resources, open license, curriculum and teaching methodology, outcome, stakeholders and impact. This book also conducts a comparative study between those countries to identify the OER gaps in the Belt and Road countries. It then offers valuable insights and recommendations for several stakeholders, including policy makers and educators, wishing to integrate open educational resources into educational processes, as well as for those involved in inter-regional open educational resources cooperation.

Technology Driven Curriculum for 21st Century Higher Education Students in Africa

In M. Letseka (ed.) Open distance learning (ODL) through the philosophy of ubuntu (1-16). New York: Nova Publishers. Mawere, M. (2013). Rethinking the epistemological divide between science and other knowledge forms in environmental ...

Author: Lawrence Meda

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789956763450

Category: Education

Page: 230

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The book consists of novel and empirical research in broad areas of technology and curriculum in selected African countries. The central theme of the book is technology and the higher education curriculum. The book consists of case studies from selected African countries, namely, Lesotho; Namibia; Kenya; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Tanzania and Nigeria. These studies confirm that in this contemporary digital era, educational technology is playing an increasingly important role. It has become so ubiquitous and fundamental in the teaching and learning. Higher education sectors across the continent are increasingly compelled to use educational technology to keep up with needs of 21st century students who want to be afforded opportunities to be able to learn in real time, anytime, and on their own terms using opportunities for creative innovation made possible by new information and communication technologies.

Research Anthology on Preparing School Administrators to Lead Quality Education Programs

Application of Stakeholder Management for Business Sustainability in the Higher Education Sector. International Journal of Educational ... In M. Letseka (Ed.), Open distance learning (ODL) through the philosophy of Ubuntu (pp. 107–118).

Author: Management Association, Information Resources

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799834397

Category: Education

Page: 1829

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The delivery of quality education to students relies heavily on the actions of an institution’s administrative staff. Effective leadership strategies allow for the continued progress of modern educational initiatives. It is crucial to investigate how effective administrators lead their organizations in challenging and difficult times and promote the accomplishments of their organization. Research Anthology on Preparing School Administrators to Lead Quality Education Programs is a vital reference source that offers theoretical and pedagogical research concerning the management of educational systems on both the national and international scale. It also explores academic administration as well as administrative effectiveness in achieving organizational goals. Highlighting a range of topics such as strategic planning, human resources, and school culture, this multi-volume book is ideally designed for educators, administrators, principals, superintendents, board members, researchers, academicians, policymakers, and students.