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Open Distance and E-learning (ODeL) is the new reality that universities and other Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) need to adopt to keep relevant in the 21st century and beyond.
It is the type of teaching and learning that gives students, who have to fulfil multiple roles and are affected by the barriers of distance, cost and time, an opportunity to pursue their studies online. Other names of OdeL are online education, cyber schooling, and distance learning, which are distinct from the traditional face to face education because students do not need to be in an actual lecture room and listen to an instructor talking to them.
ODeL is possible with a classroom on the internet that engages and assists students to study on their own, in their free time. Bishop Stuart University aims at changing with the times in order to offer flexible and convenient teaching and learning, research and innovation, as well as community engagement. BSU will adopt a blended /hybrid ODeL model of teaching and learning that combines; online / internet – based teaching and learning, teleconferencing based teaching and learning and offline teaching and learning / Open and Distance.
To offer ODeL effectively and efficiently, BSU found it essential to have a policy framework to guide planning and investments in digital communication technologies and infrastructure to support ODeL. This policy document presents a framework for implementation arrangements for blended /hybrid ODeL teaching and learning at BSU