Collaboration in Distance Education: Problems, Benefits, and Prospects

By John Adeboye Aderinto, Joshua Olusola Akande and Christianah Oluwafunmilayo Aderinto.

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The paper examined the concept of collaboration in distance education and its attendance problems, benefits, and prospects associated with inter-institutional collaboration in distance education through adaptation of the courses that are used in one institution to another. Issues serving as benefits and constraints to net-working in course adaptation were also examined vis-à-vis academic and institutional barriers. Relevant literature review and studies in collaboration of distance education formed the basis on which the study was anchored. The study revealed that both academic and institutional barriers constitute major problems to successful collaboration in distance education. Among academic barriers identified are curriculum requirements, style of instructional design, and academic quality. Regional and institutional references, production quality, technological and physical requirements for delivery, and funding were identified as institutional barriers, while financial and social gains, flexibility of time, increase access to learning, easy access to library resources due to library automation were some of the benefits identified. The study further showed that the new revolution in information communication technology (ICT) offers greater prospects for collaboration in distance education.

Keywords: Collaboration, Distance Education, Academic, Institutional, Problems, Prospect, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Virtual Library

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.87-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 573.388KB).

Dr. John Adeboye Aderinto

Associate Professor, Department of Continuing Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Born sixty-two years ago, attended and graduated from colleges both in Nigeria and the United States of America. Attended and graduated from Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, Missouri; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Adult and Continuing Education on August 13, 1983. He is married, and blessed with children. He has worked and served in different positions both as a teacher and administrator.He also served as the Head and Director of the Department of Continuing Education of Obafemi Awolowo University at various time, which spanned for over eight years. He has more than twenty five publications in different and reputable Journals across the world. He is a member of many academic and professional organizations. He was also a foundation member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. He has attended and presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally. A religious and community leader, who has served in different capacities on social and religious issues both at local and national levels.

Dr. Joshua Olusola Akande

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Christianah Oluwafunmilayo Aderinto

Senior Librarian, H. O. Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Mrs. Aderinto attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, U.S.A. She graduated with B.Sc. and M.L.S. degrees in Library Science. She is a Senoir Librarian at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She has worked in different sections of the university library, and served as Head of units to different departments in the library. As an academic, she also teaches library courses at undergraduate level in the university. She has also served on different committees of the university at large. She is a member of the Nigerian Library Association. she has contributed to the growth and development of libraries in Nigeria. She is married and blessed with children.

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