Distance Learning Education in Nigeria: Methods and Strategies

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Distance learning offered in higher education in Nigeria assumed a cut-throat competition in mid 20th and early 21st centuries as a result of felt-needs of the students for continuing education vis sa vis internal revenue generation by orthodox Universities who mounted most of the distance learning courses all over Nigeria. The Federal Government and the general public outcry against abuse suffered by students involved in these programmes, caused a policy shift of the Federal Government of Nigeria in favour of re-introducing a government organised distance and Open University education system which was designed to provide an approach to distance learning that encourages effective learning and teaching more adequately. Consequently, the main focus of this study is to identify existing instructional strategies of Nigeria’s University distance learning centres and recommend preferred teaching styles for purpose of effective learning and teaching. The research examines the relationship between age, sex, occupational and educational status; with the instructional strategies adopted in the study centres; such as lecture, discussion and the use of audio-visual aids.


Keywords: Distance Learning, Education, Methods, Instructional Strategies
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Distance Learning Education in Nigeria


Dr. Roseline E. Tawo

Lecturer, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Calabar
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Holder of a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Degree in Elementary Education, Masters of Education (M.Ed) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) Degrees in Guidance and Counselling from University of Calabar, Calabar where I am now teaching Guidance and Counselling, Adult Psychology, Women Education courses and other related courses. She is a trained Home Economist. I taught for 12 years in a number of Secondary Schools in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States of Nigeria. Worked for 5 years as a Research Officer and served as the Head of the Department of Research and Statistics in the Local Government Education Authority, Calabar. Functioned as the Coordinator of the B.Ed Adult Education Consultancy Programme. A Course Adviser, teach and supervise student’s projects work. Served as an Examination Officer and the Industrial Attachment Coordinator. I am a member of several Professional Associations, which among them include: The Counselling Association of Nigeria, The Nigerian Society of Educational Psychologist, World Council of Curriculum and Instruction, Nigerian National Council for Adult Education, National Association for Women Academics among others. Has attended several conferences and published papers in many Professional Journals both internationally and locally. Have articles in books and also a co-author of a book on psychology. I have skills in sewing, knitting, crocheting, bead making and other crafts. I am married. I am an honest, hardworking, dedicated lady who maintain standard in all I do.

Prof. Arikpo B. Arikpo

Senior Lecturer, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Calabar
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Arikpo B. Arikpo holds a Ph.D in Education, was Head of Department, Director of State Agency for Non-Formal Education and Coordinator of Distance Learning. Has published extensively.

Dr. Marcellinus U. Ojuah

Senior Lecturer, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Calabar
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Holds a Ph.D in Adult Education from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. Currently a senior lecturer at University of Calabar. Belongs to three learned societies (NNCAE, CAETA, MNAEP) Involved in CBO/NGO activities.

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