Thames Valley University (TVU) supports widening participation in higher education and designs its educational programmes to meet its students’ needs. TVU addresses learners’ diversity in educational, cultural and economic development through the collaboration and partnership with other organisations and service providers at local, national and international levels. Through its online distance learning programme TVU provides students an opportunity to study anywhere, in their own time, without the constraints imposed by taught courses and developing students self-directed and life long learning skills. It is imperative to identify the students’ knowledge and attitudes in online distance learning to plan and develop their distance learning skills in order for them to become self-directed life-long learners. Aim: An evaluation of students’ knowledge and attitudes towards online distance learning and their level of self-direction in learning.
Objectives: 1. To identify and assess students’ knowledge towards online distance learning.
2. To identify and assess attitudes of students towards online distance learning and 3. To evaluate the patterns of data collected using the scores of the Knowledge and Attitude Questionnaire and the SRSSDL scores. Methodology: A qualitative exploratory study design was adopted. Data was collected (online) using a Knowledge Questionnaire and an Attitude Scale and the SRSSDL. The responses obtained were coded and analysed through MS-Excel and descriptive statistics were applied. Results and Discussion: The adult learners are self-directed in their learning; adequate support and feedback will help them to flexibly organise and manage their learning in facilitating knowledge transfer especially when they are spread across the world. The findings have been peer reviewed and also presented at the conference. Conclusion: Educational design needs to be student-focused.
|Keywords:||Educational Globalisation, Knowledge and Attitudes, Online Distance Learning, Self-Directed Learning|
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Human Science, Thames Valley University, London, UK
Senior Lecturer and International Co-ordinator, Thames Valley University, London, UK
Teaching Fellow; Professional Lead Nursing, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University, London, UK
Senior Lecturer, International Institute of Neuro-Sciences and Oncology Ltd, Chandigarh, India
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