Creating a Firewall Against Unethical Behaviours in Open and Distance Education Practice [chapter]

Dele Braimoh, Jonathan Ohiorenuan Osiki
Ethical Practices and Implications in Distance Learning  
The current process of democratizing education has inevitably led to the explosive demands by the citizens of the different countries for unrestricted admission into the conventional tertiary institutions as full time students. Unfortunately, the universities have no absorptive capacity to meet the demands due to many perennial factors. In order to meet these enormous requirements, it therefore becomes paramount for universities to restructure, re-engineer and reform. The paradigm shift
more » ... adigm shift therefore necessitates the repositioning of tertiary institutions in order to effect the change from "selective learning" to "lifelong learning" and from what "we offer" to what "you need" and therefore, simultaneously develop the skills of "learning to learn," especially in their clients. Where many distance learning institutions (DLIs) have become relevant in the current dispensation is in their ability to create wider accessibility to education through the open, distance and flexible operation, which allows for learning and earning going pari-passu in meeting the needs and aspirations of their heterogeneous clientele. Paradoxically, however, the majority of the world population who are ignorant of the operation and value of distance education generally, view its products as well as its programmes, not only as useless but also as inferior when compared to those of the conventional universities. Their opaque arguments for casting aspersions on distance education institutions (DEIs) may centre on their individual doubts on the quality and massification, as well as the incidence of possible masquerading identity. Closely related to this is the general notion of whether the DEI or ODL, in any way, adhere to professional ethics or academic
doi:10.4018/978-1-59904-867-3.ch005 fatcat:cvdkhxr47rczxhtek4zdthha7i