Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde October 2020, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 6 Number: 2, Article 7
IMPLIED BENEFITS OF OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING IN TANZANIA: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH ON ITS BENEFITS IN TANZANIA
This paper assists to provide information on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in relation to its benefits in Tanzania particularly during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic which can be used by stakeholders in the education sector to value and support ODL institutions in enhancing access to higher education for graduates. An unstructured questionnaire with open-ended questions was distributed to postgraduate students at the Open University of Tanzania using Google form via their group emails. The findings showed that benefits of ODL institutions include affordability in terms of low tuition fees, flexibility for students who wish to study while upgrading skills, interactive mode of learning, personal study skills, self-directed learning skills, friendly in terms of costs, time and pace as well as provision of services even during the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings suggest a new way of viewing benefits brought up by ODL beyond being considered as an approach only in teaching and learning. Therefore, this paper concludes that there are implied benefits of ODL in Tanzania.