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International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v10 n4 Sep 2009

This paper reports on the re-design of the Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) programme, which is offered by the University of Pretoria through distance education (DE) to teachers in rural South Africa. In 2007, a team re-designed the programme with the goal of promoting access, quality, and student support. The team included an independent body, the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE), and various education specialists. Training workshops for academics and a comprehensive internal and external review process contributed to the quality of the re-designed programme. Interactive web-based technologies were not included because of poor Internet connectivity; however, the authors note the use and potential of cell phone technology for DE programmes. Student support was enhanced by an additional short contact session, a capping assignment, a CD-ROM, and decentralised tutoring at contact venues. The programme was re-evaluated and approved in 2008, and the re-design methodology now guides similar projects. (Contains 6 figures and 3 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Workshops, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Rural Schools, Distance Education, Barriers, Access to Education, Educational Environment, Educational Development, Economically Disadvantaged, International Education, Educational Policy, Inservice Teacher Education, Rural Areas, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Correspondence Study, Instructional Design, Telecommunications, Access to Computers, Blended Learning, Handheld Devices, Program Development, Printed Materials

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Autor: Fresen, Jill W.; Hendrikz, Johan

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3433&id=EJ861322



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