This study was on assessment of personnel and personnel development programme of distance education institutes in Lagos. Three objectives were raised which included; To ascertain the perception of student on personnel development programme of distance education institutes in Lagos, to ascertain their programme completion; and perception of employability of their respective distance education programme and to ascertain the perception of the value of the distance education degree. A total of 77 responses were received and validated from the enrolled participants where all respondents were drawn from staffs from selected higher institution in Lagos. Hypothesis was tested using Chi-Square statistical tool (SPSS).
1.1Background of the study
Distance education as an alternative mode of delivery of higher education has gained increasing attention and patronage in various countries (Perraton, 2004). Nigeria is no exception to this trend and several factors can be attributed to this increase. According to Hannay et al. (2006) distance education has provided opportunity for a wide range of people who, due to such factors as employment, marital status, family responsibilities, and distance would not have been able to access formal education. In addition, a number of media such as print, radio and television have been used to deliver distance education. Again, distance education has been propelled by the increasing realization of the need and pursuit of continuing learning (Garrison, 2000).
Earlier attempts at distance education in Nigeria were met with some difficulties. However, there was strong conviction on the part of the Government of Nigeria that Distance Education remained a viable complement to conventional education especially at the tertiary level. Currently, distance education has become prominent in the Nigerian educational system with four of the nine public universities in Nigeria providing tertiary education by distance, in addition to a number of private tertiary institutions. One key aspect of open and distance learning is that it makes new demands on both the providers and learners, which in turn affects their way of working and learning respectively. It is fast changing the jobs of both educational and administrative staff and also requires different categories of staff to function in both single and dual modes of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) (Panda 2004). Most staff engaged in distance education received their formal education and worked mainly within the conventional face-to-face educational institutions which have different traits from distance education delivery and learners. As a result, if ODL staff are not equipped with the necessary skills, it can lead to high dropout rate among distance learners. According to Panda (2004) the situation raises the need for institutional emphasis on staff development programmes and human resource development policy for teaching, technical, administrative staff and part-time staff associated with the operations of distance education institutions. However, some institutions give low priority to the continuing professional development. Based on this the researcher wants to investigate the assessment of personnel and personnel development programme of distance education institution in Lagos
Statement of the problem
The administrators at distance study centres have received formal education with the requisite academic qualifications and may have worked in different positions in other organizations and tertiary institutions. However, to handle distance education students requires that they are trained in dealing with distance learners due to the peculiar characteristics of the latter. It has been observed that administrators at distance study centres have been experiencing some difficulties in attending to the distance learners at their study centres which seems to suggest that they lack the competence in handling the students. The study wants to investigate assessment of personnel and personnel development programme of distance education institution in Lagos
Objective of the study
The objective of the study are;
- To ascertain the perception of student on personnel development programme of distance education institutes in Lagos
- To ascertain their programme completion; and perception of employability of their respective distance education programme
- To ascertain the perception of the value of the distance education degree
For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;
H0: there is no perception of student on personnel development programme of distance education institutes in Lagos
H1: there is perception of student on personnel development programme of distance education institutes in Lagos
H02: there is no perception of the value of the distance education degree
H2: there is perception of the value of the distance education degree
Significance of the study
The study will be very significant to students and the ministry of education. The study will give a clear insight on the assessment of personnel and personnel development programme of distance education institutes in lagos. This, it is hoped, will help reduce the incidence of drop out thereby making the investment of the government worthwhile. The findings will again, assist the University of Education, Lagos and other distance education institutions to improve on their distance education staff development practices.
Scope and limitation of the study
The scope of the study covers assessment of personnel and personnel development programme of distance education institutes in Lagos
The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;
- a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
- b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.
Definition of terms
Personnel development: Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Not limited to self-help, the concept involves formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counselor, manager, life coach or mentor. When personal development takes place in the context of institutions, it refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development at the individual level in organizations.
Distance education: Distance education, also known as distance learning, is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via mail. Today, it usually involves online education[email protected].[email protected].