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Title: Managing the Paradigm Shift to E-Learning in Distance Education (A Case Study at CoDE, UCC).

Article Number: EC2/2015/178

Authors: Nelly Abaidoo and Valentina Arkorful

Topic: Education


This study sought to find out how e-learning staff in the College of Distance Education of University of Cape Coast (CoDE, UCC) are prepared and vested in the management of paradigm shift to e-learning. Diagrams of Educational Management Paradigm of the past and that of today were looked at. There have been a number of earlier comparative studies e.g. Peter’s(2003) which indicate that paradigm shift includes a transition from modern curricula to post-modern curricula. The population for the study consisted of all 15 staff of CoDE in UCC who are managing the e-learning platform. All the 15 staff were used as the sample for the study. The instrument used for data collection was an interview guide. Data were analysed using themes. All the respondents agreed that e-learning platform is a forum for knowledge sharing and it is also a space for collaboration and interactivity. They also agreed that the Goal of e-learning is to create a transformative learning environment. They also stated that they have the skills in implementing e-learning at CoDE in UCC. However, their main challenges were that students are not given the chance to control e-learning platform. It is recommended that staff should be very clear about their multiple roles they are prepared for and take on while implementing e-learning. The staff should also have the corresponding changing role-related skills and competencies in order to provide high quality platform for distance learners.

Key words: CoDE, UCC, paradigm shift, e-learning, transition modern curricula, post-modern curricula, e-learning platform, role-related skills.


    COMMENT - 1

  • OLAWUWO Samuel Olutunde (Viewer) 21st Nov 2015 - 4:24 AM
    I quite agree with the author that we need to manage the paradigm shift from traditional based learning to e-learning.
    Authors referencing style is not acceptable as it does not conform to APA 6th edition. Abstract should not contain any in text citation as the author use Peter's (2003)- this is not acceptable.
    The key word provided is too many 8 in all, i guess minimum of 3 and max of 5 is acceptable. the use of UCC, CoDE in key word is not acceptable.
    The validation of the interview questions is questionable, who are the judges or expert that goes through the questions? do you provide table of specification for them and what is the outcome?
    The age grouping can be in table format for easy grasping of information.
    The author violate APA style of referencing. the use of and is not accepted if not in-text use but rather prefer ampersand this symbol &. Your paper has poor editing, No conclusion despite recommendation.
    Above all, the topic choice is appropriate for global discussion. Blended learning format is advocated for worldwide as distance is not a barrier. Life long learning must be encourage for rapid growth in one's career.

  • COMMENT - 2

  • NELLY ABAIDOO (Author) 22nd Nov 2015 - 3:12 AM
    Mr. Oluwuwo Samuel Olutunde, Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate it.will do well to adopt to those suggestions in my next article. Will even contact you for more information if the need arises.God bless you.

  • COMMENT - 3

  • Amina Jangu Alhassan (Viewer) 22nd Nov 2015 - 3:46 AM
    The article is particular relevant because most distance education institutions need to shift from analog to digital ways of providing distance education. Especially, with the increased in numbers due to many people embracing distance learning as a new form of acquiring education. Keep the spirit high.
    • NELLY ABAIDOO (Author) 23rd Nov 2015 - 7:27 PM
      Thanks Amina for commending the work. I really appreciate it. Enjoy the rest of the day.
    • NELLY ABAIDOO (Author) 23rd Nov 2015 - 7:31 PM
      Thanks Amina for commending the work. I really appreciate it. Enjoy the rest of the day.

  • COMMENT - 4

  • Roy Rillera Marzo (Viewer) 22nd Nov 2015 - 6:11 AM
    Validation of the questionnaire is very important, or else, the study is considered not reliable.
    Any limitations of the study?
    Any exclusion criteria mentioned the study?
    • NELLY ABAIDOO (Author) 23rd Nov 2015 - 7:34 PM
      Thanks Doc for your comments, it rather unfortunate i couldn't add the limitation, hope to do that next time.

  • COMMENT - 5

  • YOGESH DEVIDAS SONAWANE (Viewer) 23rd Nov 2015 - 4:24 PM
    Its a good paper
    I have some inputs..
    If e-learning is to have a meaningful role in higher education, it is important that universities focus on involvement of students at every steps with Continuous communication with students on updates & improvements.
    Realistic case studies & Projects should be part of learning to create interest along with video libraries which can train long distance students.
    Coordinator or Subject staff should be precisely need to take care of quality of study material & its effectiveness.

  • COMMENT - 6

  • NELLY ABAIDOO (Author) 23rd Nov 2015 - 7:24 PM
    Yogesh D. Sonawane, thanks for your comments and suggestions given. Will do well to adopt that next time. Have a good day.

  • COMMENT - 7

  • Elizabeta Imeraj (Viewer) 24th Nov 2015 - 5:18 PM
    This paper I liked more, represents the highest scientific value! It should be more generalized...
    • NELLY ABAIDOO (Author) 25th Nov 2015 - 5:54 PM
      Hello Elizabeta, thanks for your comment, will do well to generalize it next time.