New horizons and old challenges for distance learning: bridging the access gap in African universities

Davey, Basiro (2013). New horizons and old challenges for distance learning: bridging the access gap in African universities. In: Bilham, Tim ed. For the Love of Learning: Innovations from Oustanding University Teachers. Palgrave Teaching and Learning. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 149–155.

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Abstract

Demand for higher education has risen across Africa in recent decades, but the sector cannot keep pace with the aspirations of thousands of qualified applicants who are turned away every year. This article reflects on the prospects for distance learning to bridge the gap in university provision in Africa's two most populous nations, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The many challenges to developing high quality distance learning programmes for African undergraduates today echo the experience when the Open University was established in the UK almost 50 years ago.

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