The purpose of this paper is to determine the learners’ perceptions on the use of online resources at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) Yetu Yama Resource Center.
This study used a mixed methods research approach which was also used by other researchers such as Hamutumwa (2014). It enabled the researchers to delve into the topic under study by conducting a survey using self-administered questionnaires to collect data from learners, and a semi-structured interview guide, to collect data from the Librarian, the Director and tutors. The target population for the study was Grade 12 distance learners registered with NAMCOL for the academic year 2016, librarians and tutors. Convenient sampling was used to select 200 Grade 12 distance NAMCOL learners: one Director, one Librarian and five tutors were purposeful selected as they manage the Yetu Yama Resource Centre. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to generate descriptive data, while qualitative data were manually analysed using content analysis. This approach enabled the researcher to identify key themes which emerged from the interviews.
Almost all the learners (159) opted for printed materials. The challenges experienced by learners included slow internet, as indicated by 78 (39 per cent); limited facilities, 60 (30 per cent); and inability to find relevant information, 46 (23 per cent), coupled with lack of proper guidance on the use of e-resources as indicated by 16 (8 per cent) learners.
This study was limited to Yetu Yama Resource Center. The results cannot be generalised to all distance learners in Namibia.
The results of this study could guide librarians in Namibia when planning and/or upgrading e-resources.
Once the learners are equipped with the required skills, they will make optimum use of the e-resources which are provided by NAMCOL.
This is the first study to be conducted at NAMCOL, and it is hoped that the results will be applied to other tertiary institutions which offer distance education in Namibia.
Matheus, E. and Abankwah, R. (2018), "Learners’ perceptions on online library resources at Namibian College of Open Learning", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 119 No. 9/10, pp. 597-606. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-11-2017-0126Download as .RIS
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