Factors Influencing the Use Of ICT in Delivering ODL Programmes in Tanzania:A Case of Mtwara and Lindi Regional Centres

Kinyaga, Saida Musubhe (2016) Factors Influencing the Use Of ICT in Delivering ODL Programmes in Tanzania:A Case of Mtwara and Lindi Regional Centres. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to explore factors influencing the use of ICT in delivering ODL programmes in Mtwara and Lindi regional centre. Specifically; the study focused in identifying factors influencing use of ICT at Mtwara and Lindi regional centres; to assess challenges affecting the use ICT in provision of ODL at Mtwara and Lindi regional centres and to identify strategies which OUT could use for implementation of ICT through ODL. The study adopted qualitative research design. The study had sample of 154 participants. Students were 150, lectures 2 and directors 2. The study revealed that OUT students were not given satisfactory training on using ICT prior joining their courses; they lacked basic skills and knowledge in using ICT; and students were given assistance; students could not afford to buy computers or laptops on their own; the government financed ICT activities at regional centres.; OUT ICT policy guided and facilitated ICT activities at regional centres; there was no problem of electricity and internet connectivity in OUT regional centres; there was ICT lab at Mtwara regional centre while at Lindi there were no such facilities; and ICT services provided at OUT satisfied needs of students. The study recommends the followings; the government should establish initiatives toward full ICT integration to curriculum and ICT integration in the whole system of education. That could help learners to have sufficient knowledge on ICT before joining ODL programmes; OUT should continuously establish necessary infrastructure for ICT at regional centres so as to provide students with better access to ICT facilities; OUT management should initiate a program for registered students that would help them to purchase computers at low prices; and OUT should find a better way to train ODL students on how to use computer and internet.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Institute of Continuing Education > Department of Professional Studies and Continuing Education
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 07:46
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 08:24
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1808

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