I am writing a 1300 word paper comparing and contrasting two open universities Bangledesh open university(BOU) and (Unisa) University of South Africa. I need the following on each mission and population served, history/reason for existence, values espoused/inherent to the institution, organization/systems of operation, model of teaching and learning, and technologies used.Hello and thank you for posting your research request at Brainmass.I hope that this information assists you as you think about these distance education programs for your essay.
The information you seek is largely available on their official websites.
I have included some URLs so that you can double check and include in your bibliography, if you cite any of these materials.In brief:
-Bangladesh Open University (BOU) and (UNISA) University of South Africa both serve to promote learning by distance education.-BOUs instruction spans a wide range of formats, acknowledging the fact that not all potential learners have access to internet and computer technology. This form of accessibility is extremely valuable for those living in remote areas, or those who do not have a computer/internet.-UNISA boasts a long history of distance learning, but it appears that its mode of instruction requires internet access. This creates an economic barrier for some prospective learners.Bangladesh Open University
As a public university devoted to distance learning, it serves the greater population of the nation, with a particular focus serving those living in communities that do not have other opportunities to pursue higher learning. History/reason for existence
History of distance education
-Bangladesh Open University was established in October 1992 when the government passed the Bangladesh Open University Act [the web site has a hyperlink to the full text of the 1992 Act (note: Act written in the Bengali language)]
[The history of distance learning in Bangladesh dates back to 1956]
-Public university striving to assist people throughout the country
-Serve the population with all levels of education, especially those who cannot study through traditional models of university instruction
-Assists people learning at their own pace
Wikipedia quotes an English translation of part of the 1992 Act, identifying the universitys purpose to promote through multimedia; instruction of every standard and knowledge – both general and scientific – by means of any form of communications technology, to raise the standard of education and to give the people educational opportunities by democratizing education and creating a class of competent people by raising the standard of education of the people generally.
[Clause 5, Bangladesh Open University Act, 1992]Organizations/systems of operation
-Main campus is Bopard Bazar, Gazipur
-6 Schools, including a school for GED (General Educaiton), highschool/secondary school
-23 Formal programs
-19 Non-formal programsModel of teaching and learning
-Distance Learning through use of technology
-Tele/Video conferencingTechnologies used [go to < http://www.bou.edu.bd/home.php> SELECT Media]
–Printed materials [Technically, this is a form of technology]
-Study packages and modular course work books
–Electronic Media, largely produced by their Media Center
-Details about the resources used to create some of this material can be found at
–Geographic Information Systems (GIS)(UNISA) University of South Africa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_South_Africa [The wikipedia entry largely copies materials from the instituion website, not very valuable]Missionto become the African university in the service of humanity.
-Largest university on the continent
-Teaches 1/3 of the higher education students in South AfricaHistory/reason for existence
History of institution listed at:
-1873: The University of the Cape of Good Hope
-1918: incorporated into UNISA
-1946: Division of External Studies established
-1997: UNISA merged with Technikon Southern Africa and Vudec to create a distance-learning opportunity Values espoused/inherent to the institutionOur vision towards the African university in the service of humanity drives us to find answers to Africas educational and developmental problems. By forming partnerships in Africa and throughout the world, we are able to help the people of Africa achieve their dreams. (http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=27363)To summarize:
They see their university as serving humanity by helping to improve the situation in Africa, especailly in matters of education and development.Organizations/systems of operation–Colleges
-Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
-Economic and Management Systems
-Science, Engineering and Technology
-Other (Administrative and Professional)Model of teaching and learning
Students can enroll in semester or year-long courses.
–Online learning (internet)
–Study guides and tutorial documents
–Offers a range of courses for Short learning Programs for professional development, as well as university degrees (undergraduate through to doctoral)Technologies used
–Library Resources include E-learning resources (ex. Proquest, EBSCO Host, and MANY others)
UNISA offers online support through their my Unisa website, telephone call senter, scoial media (Facebook/Twitter), and Unisa radio
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