International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review
Vol.3 (9), pp. 138-144 October, 2016
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJEPRR/
Article ID:/16/EPRR/035/07 pages
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Original Research Article
Professional development of mathematics educators for open and distance learning through effective collaboration
Patrick Nefai Bosan
Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) Unit, School of General Studies, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, P.M.B 1024, Kafanchan, Nigeria.
Author’s Email: p_bosan(at)yahoo.com
Open and Distance Education has become a viable alternative to Conventional Education in Nigeria. More so, Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Institutions depend on collaboration with conventional Institutions in order to thrive and succeed. Therefore, Mathematics Educators need better tools to address the challenges of education. This paper unmasks the extent to which collaboration between ODL and conventional Institutions contribute to effective teaching and meaningful learning in Nigeria. Data were collected from the academic staff of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) using structured questionnaire. Mean, standard deviation and chi square were used for data analysis. The findings revealed that ODL can bring sustainable development when well supported with effective collaboration between ODL and Conventional Institutions. This can be strengthened and sustained through professional development of Mathematics Educators. This professional development should include training for effective teaching and meaningful learning, the use of modern technologies and development of course materials.
Key words: Opening and distance Learning, professional development, mathematics educators, conventional, collaboration