Impact of Open and Distance Learning on the Educational Development of In-service Teachers for Sustainable Development

  • Mojisola Olufunke Osikomaiya National Open University of Nigeria


Education is the key to human capacity development and progress. It’s a tool that promotes technological development,  for expanding education to all and sundry, and towards achievement of MDSs, the role of open and distance education in training of teachers in order to meet the require manpower is paramount. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is a significant medium for the realisation of SDGs in Nigeria. Teachers’ professionalism deserves a major transformation if the nation is sincere and determined to achieve the SDGs by examining various opportunities offered through modern technology. This study adopted a descriptive survey research design to examine the impact of ODL on the training of in-service teachers for sustainable development, a step towards making education accessible, affordable and lifelong. Four research questions were raised and one hypothesis was generated. A structured questionnaire consisting of 24 items in 4 sections was used for data collection. A sample of 245 participants was randomly selected from Lagos and Awa Study centres. The instrument was developed and validated by the experts in ODL and evaluation with a reliability index of 0.77 using Cronbach Alpha technique. Data were analysed using mean ratings and regression analysis. Findings revealed that online distance learning has a great impact on the training of the in-service teachers and that ODL (β = .1.734; t = 13.512; p < .05) is a potent contributor to educational development of in-service teachers. The study recommended that SDGs Goal 4 can be achieved with adequate provision of training through ODL to in-service teachers.

Keywords: Open and Distance Learning, Educational development, In-service teachers, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Human capacity development, Teachers’ Professionalism, Education, Distance education, teachers’ training, Lifelong learning

How to Cite
OSIKOMAIYA, Mojisola Olufunke. Impact of Open and Distance Learning on the Educational Development of In-service Teachers for Sustainable Development. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 127-135, july 2020. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2022.