Student Support as a Strategy for Success in an Open Distance Learning Context

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304315
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Student Support as a Strategy for Success in an Open Distance Learning Context
Author(s):
Van Rensburg, Gisela H.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda
Author Details:
Gisela H. Van Rensburg, DLittetPhil, MACur, BACur (Hons), BACur, vrensgh@unisa.ac.za
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: Student support is at the core of enhancing student success. Educators who are preparing students to reach the highest academic levels are continuously faced with the question on what is required to assist students to meet their learning outcomes and become successful in their studies. The purpose of the study was to critically analyse student support in an open distance learning context to understand how it contributes to success.

 Methods: A concept analysis was done to elicit the essential attributes of the concept student support in open distance learning (ODL). Data collection for this concept analysis consisted of searching electronic databases. Key terms were used to explore the literature. Data analysis was based on Walker and Avant’s method (2005) to determine common themes, uses of the concept, defining attributes, exemplar cases, borderline cases, contrary cases, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents.

 Results: ODL aims at bridging the time, geographical, economic, social, educational and communication distance between student and institution, student and academics, student and courseware and student and peers. It widens access to learning, provides for flexibility of learning provision, focuses on student centredness, and supports students by constructing learning programmes with the expectation that students can succeed. Student support as a critical factor for teaching and learning in ODL is classified as cognitive support (supporting and developing learning), affective support (that refers to the emotions that support learning and success) and systematic support (managing institutional systems and rules).

Conclusion: Research into student support provides an understanding of the broader context of ODL and the achievement of success. Knowledge of and interest in student learning is likely to have a positive effect on overall student support with a result of quality teaching and learning.

Keywords:
student support; Open distance learning
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleStudent Support as a Strategy for Success in an Open Distance Learning Contexten_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan Rensburg, Gisela H.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambdaen_GB
dc.author.detailsGisela H. Van Rensburg, DLittetPhil, MACur, BACur (Hons), BACur, vrensgh@unisa.ac.zaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304315-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>Student support is at the core of enhancing student success. Educators who are preparing students to reach the highest academic levels are continuously faced with the question on what is required to assist students to meet their learning outcomes and become successful in their studies. The purpose of the study was to critically analyse student support in an open distance learning context to understand how it contributes to success. <p> <b>Methods: </b>A concept analysis was done to elicit the essential attributes of the concept <i>student support in open distance learning (ODL)</i>. Data collection for this concept analysis consisted of searching electronic databases. Key terms were used to explore the literature. Data analysis was based on Walker and Avant’s method (2005) to determine common themes, uses of the concept, defining attributes, exemplar cases, borderline cases, contrary cases, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents. <p> <b>Results: </b>ODL aims at bridging the time, geographical, economic, social, educational and communication distance between student and institution, student and academics, student and courseware and student and peers. It widens access to learning, provides for flexibility of learning provision, focuses on student centredness, and supports students by constructing learning programmes with the expectation that students can succeed. Student support as a critical factor for teaching and learning in ODL is classified as cognitive support (supporting and developing learning), affective support (that refers to the emotions that support learning and success) and systematic support (managing institutional systems and rules). <p><b>Conclusion: </b>Research into student support provides an understanding of the broader context of ODL and the achievement of success. Knowledge of and interest in student learning is likely to have a positive effect on overall student support with a result of quality teaching and learning.en_GB
dc.subjectstudent supporten_GB
dc.subjectOpen distance learningen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:33:24Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:33:24Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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