OL & DE as a means of Increasing Access to Higher Learning in Kenya

Manyasi, Beatrice N. (2010) OL & DE as a means of Increasing Access to Higher Learning in Kenya. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.


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The purpose of the study was to investigate the utilisation of OL&DE. The objectives were: to find out the characteristics of learners in tertiary institutions, to find out whether OL&DE is used in the institutions to facilitate access to higher education, and to examine the challenges faced by the institutions in implementing OD&DE. A Case Study Research Design was used. The design enabled the researcher to have smaller samples that facilitated in-depth investigations. The findings revealed that the characteristics of learners are: young learners who have just completed form four, diploma holders who may want to enroll for a degree programme, graduates who may want to pursue a post-graduate diploma or degree programme, those in employment and want to further their studies and refugees, mainly Somalis and Sudanese. Open learning is practiced in the institution. They are flexible in the requirements for admission for various courses but distance education is not practiced due to lack of trained personnel, technology and support services. The researcher made the following recommendations: The Government of Kenya should come up with a comprehensive policy concerning OL&DE at all levels. In order for high quality distance education programmes to flourish, professional development opportunities for educational administrators related to leadership and support of distance education innovation should be provided. Training, information and on-going support regarding developing, managing, and evaluating distance education programmes should be provided for administrators of tertiary institutions and universities, deans, department chairs and peer review committees. Training and on-going support should be provided for classified staff members to provide support services for DE students after implementing the programme.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 09:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 09:17
URI: http://repository.mua.ac.ke/id/eprint/19

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