ANALYSIS OF CURRENT TRENDS IN DISTANCE EDUCATION DURING COVID-19: A SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION CONTEXT

Madiope, Maria and Mendy, John (2021) ANALYSIS OF CURRENT TRENDS IN DISTANCE EDUCATION DURING COVID-19: A SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION CONTEXT. The Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning, 9 (1). ISSN 2147-6454

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Abstract

This research explores current trends in distance education (DE) within the higher education sector. The first aspect of the study acknowledges the evolving state of distance education by adopting a definitional approach of what has been covered by previous scholars. By presenting a document analysis of the relevant studies in this field, the paper contextualizes distance education from a South African contextual perspective. Such a methodology was necessary in order to not only highlight the gaps but to also present specific up-to-date trends of distance education. This has helped to identify the key research question on what the nature of the trends are and what practical steps are necessary in enhancing quality education within the current COVID-19 situation in South Africa. The conclusion is drawn from a discussion of the major trends that have emerged to characterize the South African distance education context as a result of COVID-19 and to highlight areas for future research endeavours.

Keywords:Distance Education; Current trends; Remote learning, South Africa
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:43951
Deposited On:08 Feb 2021 13:26

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