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.
Distance education has demonstrated great potential for increasing openness in learning, and has been shown to be cost-effective. It describes a collection of methods for the provision of structured learning. It avoids the need for learners to discover the curriculum by attending classes for long periods. It aims to create a quality learning environment using an appropriate combination of different learning resources, tutorial support, tutorials, peer group discussion, and practical sessions. Effective use of educational technology can address some of the underlying educational challenges facing distance education provision, particularly in Africa
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We adhere to the following open learning principles
Distance Education in South Africa
- Distance Higher Education Programmes in a Digital Era: Good Practice Guide
- Distance Education Policy for South African Universities
- Convergence and Difference Between Campus Based and Distance Education: Trends in a Digital Age
- Contribution of Distance Education to Access and Success in the Public University System
- Review of Distance Education Policy in South Africa Since 1948
- Section One - Designing and Delivering Distance Education: Quality Criteria and Case Studies from South Africa.
- Section Two - Designing and Delivering Distance Education: Quality Criteria and Case Studies from South Africa.