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University of South Africa (2020)

Distance students’ perception towards e-learning at Namibia University of Science and Technology’s regional centres

Lushu, Charles Sihope

Titre : Distance students’ perception towards e-learning at Namibia University of Science and Technology’s regional centres

Auteur : Lushu, Charles Sihope

Université de soutenance : University of South Africa

Grade : M. Ed. (Open and Distance Learning) 2020

Résumé
In this modern world, there is no doubt that information and communication technology (ICT) has brought remarkable changes in the distance education sector. Investigations into the influence of technology in education differ, but a few of them among adult learners suggest benefits worth inquiring about. This study explored e-learning at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) by determining the perception of distance students at its nine regional centres. The objective of the study was to determine distance students’ perception of the ease of use of e-learning, identify the benefits of e-learning, identify challenges encountered when engaging in e-learning and make recommendations for the effective use of e-learning at NUST. In an attempt to explore e-learning at NUST, a qualitative research design was employed to collect data from the distance students through telephone interviews. The qualitative method was regarded as suitable for this study to get in-depth perspectives of the distance students concerning e-learning. Data was analysed thematically. The study revealed that distance students were aware of and understood the elearning concept. While the study brought to light some challenges, the students who participated in the study expressed satisfaction with the e-learning system at NUST due to its convenience, flexibility, cost reductions and interactive opportunities it presented to them while studying. It is recommended that the e-learning system be redesigned to respond to the challenges that distance students encounter in engaging in e-learning and for its effective use.

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