In this section of the website SAIDE aims to provide key documents of our understanding of distance education and open learning concepts. We will also provide updated overviews on the status of distance education in South Africa and distance education policy in the country.
Our Understanding of Distance Education
Distance education has particular significance for open learning approaches, because it has demonstrated great potential for increasing openness in learning, and has also been shown to be a cost-effective method of education. In brief, distance education describes a collection of methods for the provision of structured learning. It avoids the need for learners to discover the curriculum by attending classes frequently and for long periods. Rather, it aims to create a quality learning environment using an appropriate combination of different learning resources,tutorial support, peer group discussion, and practical sessions.
SAIDE Concept Documents
Distance Education in South Africa