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IJIET 2021 Vol.11(10): 479-485 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2021.11.10.1553

Assessing Learners’ Perceptions and Experiences in Distance Education — A Case Study of LAUTECH Open and Distance Learning Centre (LODLC)

A. T. Akindele, N. O. Akande, M. O. Fajobi, H. B. Olagoke, O. A. Ajagbe, and T. A. Badmus

Abstract—Open and Distance Education (ODE) has proven to be a viable alternative for teaching and learning with more inherent benefits compared to the traditional model of education. This mode of teaching and learning aimed at eradicating the challenges of the face-to-face mode of learning such as distance, age, work schedules, limited access and other factors that have made the face-to-face mode of learning rigid. ODE flexibility is evidenced in the ability of learners to learn ubiquitously at their own pace, anywhere, anytime using smartphones, laptops and desktop computers. As ODE grows and expands, the need to review its conceptual foundations, approaches and also to receive feedback from learners, employers and other stakeholders are becoming more imperative. This study employed an investigative approach via the use of online survey forms to elicit pertinent information regarding the learners’ perceptions and experiences at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Open and Distance Learning Centre (LODLC). A total number of 2362 LODLC students participated in the online survey out of a total learners’ population of about 5,000. 54% of the respondents confirmed the adequacy of the LMS and the course material modules with more than 60% being able to easily access and download course materials from the LMS, 57% of the respondents rated the e-tutors to be effective knowledge facilitators while 60% believed the e-tutors stimulated learners’ interest by providing satisfactory answers to questions asked. This information amongst others will help administrators and management of LODLC programmes to make informed decisions about the conduct of the centres’ activities and adjust accordingly where necessary to improve service delivery.

Index Terms—Education, learning management system, LODLC, open learning, distance learning, LAUTECH.

A. T. Akindele is with Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Open and Distance Learning Centre, Ogbomoso, Nigeria (e-mail: atakindele@lautech.edu.ng).
N. O. Akande is with Landmark University, Omuaran, Kwara State, Nigeria (e-mail: akande.oluwatobi@gmail.com).
M. O. Fajobi, H. B. Olagoke, and O. A. Ajagbe are with LAUTECH, Open and Distance Learning Centre, Ogbomoso, Nigeria (e-mail: mofajobi@lautech.edu.ng, hbolagoke@lautech.edu.ng, oaajagbe23@lautech.edu.ng).
T. A. Badmus is with Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria (e-mail: taofeeq.badmus@fuoye.edu.ng).

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Cite: A. T. Akindele, N. O. Akande, M. O. Fajobi, H. B. Olagoke, O. A. Ajagbe, and T. A. Badmus, "Assessing Learners’ Perceptions and Experiences in Distance Education — A Case Study of LAUTECH Open and Distance Learning Centre (LODLC)," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 11, no. 10, pp. 479-485, 2021.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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