Department of Blended and Distance Learning

Department of Blended and Distance Learning

 

At Botho University the department of Blended and Distance Learning was created as a part of its strategic plan to enhance blended and distance learning. This department is responsible for the administration, development and quality assurance of all the Virtual learning platforms across the institution including all branch centres. The department is mandated to develop, maintain and manage high quality teaching and learning content as well as building and customizing the learning platforms used for Blended and Distance learning to effectively run the intended curriculum. We have resources to bring blended and distance learning to the workplace.

Distance Learning at Botho University:

Botho University is well-positioned to provide support to its off-campus learners, regardless of their geographical location. There are many advantages attached to studying at Botho University through distance education. These include:

  • The ability to gain the same degree from another part of the country/region/world, with the same instructors, like any other on-campus student.
  • The opportunity to study regardless of where you are, at your own convenient time and space.
  • The opportunity to meet other life commitments, such as work, family or travel whilst studying and upgrading your qualifications.
  • The ability to vary the number of courses you take in a semester to suit your circumstances.
  • The ability to study a part of your degree by distance learning and part on-campus if your circumstances change.
  • The ability to have a study program designed to suit your needs.
  • The peace of mind that comes from knowing that our courses are internationally recognized and benchmarked with top universities in the world.

Programmes offered by distance learning

  • Post Graudate Certificate in Higher Education
  • MSc in Mobile Computing
  • Msc in Computer Systems Management
  • Bsc Hons in Accounting
  • Bsc Hons in Business Management
  • B.Ed Hons in Primary Education
  • Med in Higher Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education
  • BSc (Hons) in Computing

Contact information

Faculty of Education and Continuing Studies
Botho University
P.O. Box 501564
Gaborone
Botswana
Tel: +267 3635406
E-mail: tidimalo.pence@bothouniversity.ac.bw
Contact person: Mr. Tidimalo Collins Pence


Faculty Vision

Aspires to be a centre of excellence in higher learning and a driver for positive social change.

Faculty Mission

Provide a quality educational experience, continually benchmarked on national and international academic standards to produce well-rounded employable graduates for the global market.

Faculty Core Values

The Faculty embraces Botho University core values. As a unit, its values are:
Teamwork
Quality
Professionalism
Innovation
Research and development
Creativity

Studying with the Faculty

The general entry requirement is that a candidate must have a minimum of ‘O’ Level passes, including English, for all undergraduate programmes offered in the Faculty.

Program Delivery Strategies

Because we are offering the same programs by both on-campus and distance learning, the following model will be adopted:

  • Distance Learning (DL) modules will run on the same schedule as the equivalent on-campus module.
  • On completion of the final distance learning programme, a final degree earned will be the same name as that for the equivalent on-campus degree.
  • Every distance learning module can have optional or compulsory contact sessions where necessary, which may span a few hours to a whole week.  These sessions can take the form of a physical contact session on campus or even an electronic contact session using the internet and various tools available for online synchronous lessons.
  • For any international learner, assessments will be run on Blackboard with the deployment of SafeAssign (a built-in tool within Blackboard) for plagiarism check.
  • Well-structured and comprehensive assessment regulations (and other regulations) will be provided to distance learners in the Learner Handbook.

The Faculty commitment

Faculty of Education and Continuing Studies will assume the primary responsibility for the relevance and currency of instructional content and the effectiveness of delivery.
The faculty will take responsibility for ensuring:

  • Effective creation and delivery of instructional content.
  • Evaluation of instructional effectiveness and learner achievement.
  • The development of appropriate assessment strategies.
  • Continued improvement of instructional programmes.
  • Innovation in instructional processes.
Accessibility to learners consistent with the university’s expectations and learners’ demands.
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