Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Teacher Development: The Case of the University of Zambia
Nkosha, Dickson C.
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The University of Zambia has been offering distance learning courses since its inception in 1966. Distance education, which is one of the most important activities of the university, has played and continues to play a pivotal role in the development of the country’s valuable human resources, especially teachers, in accordance with the original purpose of the distance education programme. In line with this, the university has embarked on initiatives aimed at expanding its capacity to better deliver open and distance learning (ODL) courses and more meaningfully contribute to teacher training and development. Therefore, this paper highlights the importance of ODL in teacher development in Zambia, in general, and at the University of Zambia, in particular. It describes the nature and scope of the provision of distance teacher education at the university, the challenges the institution faces in this area and the strategies for addressing these challenges.
University of Zambia