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Title: Development and evaluation of a pedagogical model for an open university in Nepal based on geographical, regional, and linguistic factors
Authors: Bainbridge, Susan
Supervisor(s): Ally, Mohamed (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Cleveland-Innes, Marti (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Tsinakos, Avgoustos (Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology)
Adhikari, Ambika (Arizona State University)
Degree: Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: Nepal
Pedagogical model
Open university
Developing countries
Online learning
Distance education
Issue Date: 11-Oct-2013
Abstract: This thesis researched characteristics and success rates of Nepali participants in a series of online courses in order to develop a pedagogical model designed for an open university in Nepal, based on the geographical, regional and linguistic diversity of Nepali learners. The original contribution to knowledge is the examination of geographic, regional and linguistic backgrounds of Nepali learners and a determination as to whether these factors influence the online learning of Nepali students. It is expected that the resulting model may serve as a construct for open university initiatives in Nepal and in other developing countries. A mixed methods, descriptive, multiple case study approach using surveys, 4 short pilot courses, interviews and observations was used to provide data that would generate a pedagogical model. The results determined the design of the pedagogical model based on the needs of students in developing countries and in particular Nepali open university students. A study of Nepal’s history and diversity, existing open university models worldwide, and educational theory formed the foundation of this study. Combining the aforementioned review, with the information gained through the surveys, short pilot courses, interviews, observations during extensive travel throughout Nepal, and using inductive analysis, the framework for a pedagogical model for an open university in Nepal emerged. Although limited to a small group of volunteers, the original contribution to scholarship was the creation of the first pedagogical model for an open university in Nepal.
Graduation Date: Oct-2013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/33
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