Osei, C.K. and Saah, A.A.
The Institute of Distance Learning-KNUST offers courses through distance education. The mode of delivery of DL programmes in KNUST is predominantly by print medium. Two print materials, EE 287 Circuit Theory and GE 183 Principles of Land Surveying are among the twenty-five print materials used to facilitate learning in Computer Engineering and Building Technology programmes. Though current print media used by learners in the undergraduate programmes has contributed to learning by students, however, they have provided challenges to learners. Learners have reported on gaps in the learning materials thus making utilisation difficult. In order to identify and meet the needs and grievances of students relating to the suitability of course materials, the study sought to assess the quality of two print media for undergraduate studies in Computer Engineering and Building Technology programmes in KNUST. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from students offering Computer Engineering and Building Technology programmes. The results of the study provide ample evidence to show that instructional materials assessed are about appropriate and useful. Hence there is room for improving current print materials used by IDL. It also reveals the lack of female participation in the two courses and suggests an improvement of the situation through gender awareness and promotion activities at all levels of DE programming.
The Institute of Distance Learning
Conference of the Distance Education and Teacher Training in Africa (DETA) ; Theme: Issues and Challenges in Education in Africa – The need for a “new” teacher, 3-6 August 2009, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana,