Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on New Trends in Teaching and Education
Delivery of Learning Modules through the Telegram Social Media Application: Views of Post Graduate Diploma in Education Distance Students of University of Education, Winneba
Francis Owusu-Mensah , Humphrey Augustine Kpengnibe Pufaa, and David Kofi Sakyi
The study investigated the views of Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Distance Students (2017/2018 Year Group of UEW, Winneba) Winneba Study Centre on the delivery of learning modules and leaning convenience in the use of the telegram application (app). The study adopted the sequential explanatory mixed methods design, characterized by the collection and analysis of quantitative data followed by collection and analysis of qualitative data. Questionnaire and interviews were instruments used to collect data for the study. The population for the study was all hundred (100) Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Distance Students of the Winneba Study Centre. Simple random sampling technique was used to select two-thirds (75 students) of the population. Sixty (60) of the respondents successfully completed the online questionnaire. Ten (10) of the participants were traced to respond to the qualitative questions for the study. Data obtained from the online questionnaire were analyzed and presented in tables and charts. Data from the individual interviews were analyzed thematically. A major finding was, the telegram app facilitated the timely delivery of learning modules. The study concluded that, the telegram app proved to be efficient in not only the delivery of learning modules for the students but also very convenient an app for distance learning. The study recommends the adoption and integration of telegram app in the distance education programme in an attempt to resolve the late delivery of learning modules as well as learning convenience for the students.
Keywords: distance learning; learning convenience; education; technology; internet.