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University of South Africa (2021)

The use of mobile devices to improve teaching and learning in distance education in Namibia

Hambabi, Joy Tujambeka Meameno

Titre : The use of mobile devices to improve teaching and learning in distance education in Namibia

Auteur : Hambabi, Joy Tujambeka Meameno

Université de soutenance : University of South Africa

Grade : M. Ed. (Open Distance Learning) 2021

Résumé
ODL institutions have adopted the use of mobile devices for teaching and learning. mLearning is an emerging area of distance education that enables lecturers and students to access course content with their mobile devices from anywhere, at any time. The purpose of this study of limited scope was to determine the use of mobile devices for teaching and learning at Namibian open and distance learning institutions. The study focused on the two public ODL institutions in Namibia, namely, the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) - Centre of Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL) and the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL). To achieve this, a literature study and an empirical investigation were conducted. A mixed-method research approach was applied and included a research sample of 12 lecturers and 12 students from two ODL institutions. Data were collected through questionnaires and semi-structured individual interviews. The research data were studied, analysed and validated. The results of this study showed that lecturers and students are making use of mobile devices for accessing the Learning Management System (LMS)/Moodle. Although the lecturers and students displayed positive attitudes towards the use of mobile devices for teaching and learning, very little has been achieved in the effective use of mobile devices. The study identified challenges that hamper the effective use of mobile devices, such as lack of knowledge in mobile applications for teaching and learning, insufficient storage capacity, opening of applications are sometimes slow, screen size of the mobile devices, as well as lack of access to WIFI and limited/no access to electricity. The study proposed recommendations for considerations to the lecturers, ODL institutions and the Ministry of Higher Education, as well as suggestions for future research.

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