Distance education students’ experiences of learning from Audio Recorded Lectures: a case of Mufulira and Nkrumah Colleges of Education,
Muzata Kenneth Kapalu
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This was a study of Distance Education Students' Experiences of Learning from ARLs (Audio Recorded Lectures) at colleges of education in Zambia. Distance education students go through difficulties in their pursuit of the much needed upgrading qualifications. They learn in hurry during residential school, miss residential school due to different challenges and sometimes would go back after residential school without modules, their main mode of learning. Having observed this, live lectures and topics that were not taught during residential school were recorded in Educational Psychology and given to students at MUCE (Mufulira College of Education) in 2010. In 2013, when the same problem was observed at NCE (Nkrumah College of Education), ARLs were also recorded and given to students in Learning Disabilities Course. The study aimed at establishing the students' perceptions and experiences towards learning through ARLs. Students were exposed to this mode of learning for the first time. The objectives were to ascertain the extent to which students appreciated the use ARLs, to establish their perceptions on the effectiveness of using ARLs and to establish other new innovations they would wish college administrations should introduce for their learning. To achieve the stated objectives, the study employed a qualitative approach. Participants either answered questionnaires or were interviewed face- to- face and via telephone. Study results showed students' high appreciation of ARLs. ARLs helped them improve their learning performance through content retention, passing of examinations, improved study habits, easy access among others. Students with visual problems found the ARLs more helpful than relying on their colleagues to read for them. Relevant education bodies and distance education providers should ensure that multimedia learning opportunities are provided to students on distance learning programs.
CitationMuzata, K.K. (2013). Distance Education Students’ Experiences of Learning from Audio Recorded Lectures, a Case of Mufulira and Nkrumah Colleges of Education. The International Journal of Education Chronicles. Vol 4 (2) PP: 97-109.
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