An Analysis of Challenges Faced by Students Learning in Virtual and Open Distance Learning System: A Case of Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE)
Obediah Dodo
Journal of Global Peace and Conflict, 1(1), pp. 28-40.

Abstract
After realizing that the traditional modes of tuition in Zimbabwe’s andragogy had either gone obsolete or over-crowded, BUSE, ventured into a ‘virtualised’ model of the open and distance learning as a way of out-doing other competing universities. However, as the programme was rolled out, there came a myriad of challenges affecting the students ranging from financial, personal commitment, time, stereotypes, and social and work pressures. These constraints have to some extent negatively affected both the delivery of the programme and the pass rate of the students. The paper therefore seeks to make an analysis of challenges faced by students who are in the Virtual and Open Distance Learning (VODL) at BUSE based on a research that is being conducted at the seven centres country-wide. (149)

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Dodo, Obediah. (2013). An Analysis of Challenges Faced by Students Learning in Virtual and Open Distance Learning System: A Case of Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). Journal of Global Peace and Conflict, 1(1), pp. 28-40.

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Obediah Dodo is a Lecturer in the Department of Peace and Governance at Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe. He specialises in Conflict Resolution and Governance studies. He joined Bindura University in 2011 from the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) where he was the Peace and Conflict resolution Studies Programme Leader at the National Centre. At ZOU, he spearheaded the development of a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution culminating into the publication of over 15 modules in the area of Peace and Development Studies. For 16 years, Obediah was an Intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Organisation, Zimbabwe where he specialised in governance matters before resigning in 2010. Obediah has published over 15 papers in the area of Conflict resolution and has conducted several researches in conflict resolution and youth violence. Obediah Dodo, a PhD candidate at Lusaka University, Zambia holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Governance from Africa University, a BA in Communications, Diplomas in Security, Journalism, Management and several certificates in Intelligence security.
Contact details: obedodo@gmail.com, ododo@buse.ac.zw, +263 772 910 482