Efficacies of Technology-Based Instruction in the University of Cape Coast Distance Education Programme

Authors

  • Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Frank Quansah Department of Psychology and Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Simon-Peter Kafui Aheto College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Keywords:

Technology, traditional-based instruction, technology-based instruction, blended instruction

Abstract

Technology use in education is essential for effective teaching and learning, and preparing students for the world of work in the 21st century. This study sought to examine the efficacies of technology-based instruction in the University of Cape Coast distance education programme. A between-subject experimental design with three (3) independent groups was employed. Using a simple random sampling technique, 181 participants from three programmes (63:58:60) were given different treatment with regards to teaching and learning. The participants were assessed after 8 weeks of teaching and learning. A two-way ANOVA was conducted to examine gender and channel of instruction effect on the performance of participants within the groups. It was revealed that there is a statistically significant interaction effect (p=.003) with an effect size of .065 and a main effect for the groups (p=.000) with an effect size of .294. However, there is no statistically significant main effect for gender (p=.570). It was concluded from the study that technology-based instruction, when mixed with the traditional teaching method, becomes effective for teaching and learning of distance education students. It was recommended based on the findings that the management of distance education programme of the University of Cape Coast should mount a training course for both students and teachers on technology usage in education so that technology can be effectively integrated into teaching and learning progressively.

Author Biographies

Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey, College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dr. Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Planning Currently, she is a lecturer at the College of Distance Education at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She has held various academic and administrative positions in the university. Currently, she is the Co-ordinator in-charge of Teaching Practice and Project Work at the College of Distance Education at the University of Cape Coast. She has a number of published articles and Distance Education modules to her favour. Correspondence: College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, University Post Office, E-mail: verasey@yahoo.com or vankomah-sey@ucc.edu.gh

Frank Quansah , Department of Psychology and Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Mr. Frank Quansah is a final year MPhil student reading Educational Measurement and Evaluation in the University of Cape Coast (UCC). He earned a B.Sc. (Psychology) degree with a First-Class Honours from the University of Cape Coast, after which he served as a Teaching Assistant in a number of courses (Research Methods, Psychometrics, and Measurement and Evaluation) in the Department of Education and Psychology in UCC. Mr. Quansah has specialization in educational research and statistics, and assessment in education. Currently, he is a course tutor in the College of Distance Education (CoDE) in UCC and a reviewer at African Journal of Teacher Education (AJOTE). With his specialization, he served as a member of the data management and analysis team of Complementary Basic Education (CBE) 2016 Programme Evaluation organized by the Ghana Education Service in collaboration with USAID, DFID as well as non-state actors like UNICEF.

Simon-Peter Kafui Aheto, College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dr. Simon-Peter Kafui Aheto graduated with a doctoral degree in Information Technology from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. He is an Educational & Information Technologist by profession and an academic in the College of Distance Education at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He holds a Master of Education (Information Technology), B.Ed (Honours) in Basic Education and a Diploma in Basic Education all from the University of Cape Coast. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Kafui has 16 years of teaching experience. His research areas are not limited to Rhizomatic learning, Social Network Analysis, Open and Distance Education and ICTs and Human Rights. He was a visiting scholar at the Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium on a CPUT scholarship. He is a Caniege/ Mellon scholar and a scholar to a number of scholarship funds including College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and Cape Peninsula Research Fund scholarships. He has been involved and lead a number of funded projects by DFID, BMZ and USAID. Email: kafuiaheto@yahoo.com or saheto@ucc.edu.gh. He can be reached on Skype via kafuiaheto.

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Published

2021-02-04

How to Cite

Ankoma-Sey, V. R. ., Quansah , F. ., & Kafui Aheto, S.-P. . (2021). Efficacies of Technology-Based Instruction in the University of Cape Coast Distance Education Programme. Staff and Educational Development International, 22(3). Retrieved from http://journal.netsed.net/index.php/sedi/article/view/6