The use of Hybrid Instructional Mode in the Open University of Tanzania: Prospects and constraints

Harrieth G Mtae

Abstract


This paper explores the use of the hybrid delivery model at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). The study used a descriptive research design. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected using semi-structured questionnaires from 30 instructors who are PhD holders selected purposively from the OUT and later analysed using SPSS Version 22. The objective of this study was to find out how the introduction of hybrid delivery mode to all post graduate programmes is received by the instructors at the Open University of Tanzania. Results revealed that the hybrid instructional model appears to be accepted by the majority of instructors who are already using it. Regardless of the delivery mode they use, all instructors own laptops, access the Internet at different times through cell phones, modems and institutional internet, and have reasonably good typing speed which are necessary skills for instructors using the hybrid delivery mode. Poor Internet access, connectivity and reliability were the major challenges though most of them were happy with the flexibility in teaching offered by this delivery mode. It is recommended that the university ensures availability and accessibility of reliable internet access as well as regular training to instructors on the use of Moodle.


Keywords


Hybrid delivery mode, open and distance learning, Moodle platform, Blended mode

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