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The impact of Video Conferencing on Distance Education: A University of Namibia Case Study

Trudie Frindt
Continuing Education

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     Last modified: August 19, 2006
     Presentation date: 10/31/2006 4:00 PM in NT Portland B
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Recently, there has been explosive growth in the array of distance learning delivery modes and information technologies. Interactive video and audio conferencing as well as telephone tutoring have made it possible for distance education to move into the forefront of course delivery. The University of Namibia has been using interactive video conferencing and teleconferencing techniques to enhance leaning amongst its distance education students during the past few years.

This paper will present the results of a study, which will evaluate the examination results of three groups of students who are enrolled in Business Mathematics at the University of Namibia. Business Mathematics is a course on the Bachelor of Education that is offered both through open and distance learning, and through the conventional full time mode. Group A as fulltime students would received instruction through the conventional lecturing mode, while Group B will be taught through the means of distance education designed study materials. Group C would receive instruction through the distance education designed study material complemented by video conferencing.

The research design will follow a quantitative research method whereby test and examination results of the three groups will be analysed and compared. The aim of the study is to determine the impact of the three delivery methods on the academic performance of the above-mentioned groups.

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