Interrogating the Art of Developing Self-Learning Material for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Students

Cosmas Maphosa, Sithulisiwe Bhebhe, Talent Rugube
2019 International Journal of Innovative Research & Development  
Open and distance learning (ODL) thrives on students' utilisation of learning materials that designed in ways that allow them to learn on their own in the absence of a lecturer or tutor. This paper discusses what self-directed learning is and highlights the principles of writing self-learning materials for ODL learners. Various self-material materials utilised in open and distance learning are explored. In the paper, the writers further explore the nature, characteristics and importance of
more » ... importance of selflearning materials on ODL. The writers further discuss theories underpinning the utilisation of self-instructional materials. The paper further interrogates how learning material developers can engage in the effective development of self-learning materials in both print and electronic formats. Conclusions are drawn on the importance of professionally training material developers in developing high-quality self-learning materials for ODL learners.
doi:10.24940/ijird/2019/v8/i6/jun19076 fatcat:kz243fg2bzfgzjhtffwd2g3lte