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dc.contributor.author Oladokun, O.
dc.contributor.author Aina, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-13T07:50:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-13T07:50:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Oladokun,O & Aina, L. (2011) ODL and the impact of digital divide on information access in Botswana, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol. 12, No. 6, pp.157–177 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1492-3831
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/971
dc.description.abstract Open and distance learning (ODL) has created room for the emergence of virtual education. Not only are students found everywhere and anywhere undertaking their studies and earning their degrees, but geographical boundaries between nations no longer appear to have much relevance. As the new education paradigm irretrievably alters the way teaching and learning is conducted, the application of modern educational ICTs has a major role to play. With students of transnational or cross-border education dispersed into various nooks and crannies of Botswana, many others enlist for the “home-baked” distance learning programmes from their diverse locations. Like the face-to-face conventional students, distance learners also have information needs which have to be met. But blocking the distance learners’ realization of their information needs is the digital divide, which further marginalizes the underclass of “info-poor.” The survey method was used, and a questionnaire administered to 519 students of four tertiary level distance teaching institutions that met the criteria set for the study yielded a 70.1% response rate. The results showed that while the Government of Botswana has made considerable effort to ensure country-wide access to ICT, which now constitutes an effective instrument for meeting information needs, a number of problems still exist. The factors impeding easy access are unearthed. The findings of an empirical study portraying some learners as information-rich and others as information-poor, and the consequence of distance learners studying on both sides of the digital divide, are discussed. Suggestions on bridging the digital divide are offered. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Athabasca University Press, www.aupress.ca en_US
dc.subject Distance learners en_US
dc.subject Cross-border students en_US
dc.subject Digital divide en_US
dc.subject Information environment en_US
dc.subject ICTs en_US
dc.subject Data service providers en_US
dc.subject Library/librarian en_US
dc.subject Internet service providers en_US
dc.title ODL and the impact of digital divide on information access in Botswana en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US
dc.link http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1053/1995 en_US


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