INTERVENTION STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN AN OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Walter Sisulu University (SOUTH AFRICA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 9-10 November, 2020
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:Improving student’s academic performance depends on strategies educator’s use in teaching in the classroom and outside the classroom. For the past decade open and distance learning (ODL) has been attributed to its advantages, such as flexibility, time management and cost effective for students who wish to study in distance or while working. However, studying through distance education can be a challenge for some students for different reasons such as internet connection, technology usage, contact time and many others. To ensure students extensive participation through the ODL platform, and have a lasting learning experience; there is a need for educators to develop some strategies support such as face to face tutoring sessions, continuous feedback, and frequent online interaction between educators and students. This paper review theory of students’ support and examines students’ academic performance in distance learning based on recent findings in the literature. Furthermore, presents intervention strategies that can be applied to improve students’ academic performance in Open Distance Learning Environment.
Keywords: ODL, students’ performance, technology, teaching strategies.