Relationship among Distance Learner’s Interactions and Success

Asad Abbas Rizvi, Shahinshah Babar Khan, Shaheen Ashraf Tahirkheli


In Pakistan, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and some other conventional universities are imparting higher education through distance learning system. These higher education institutions try to modernize their teaching process with the new trends and practices going on around the world to equip their students with latest content knowledge and research methodologies. Allama Iqbal Open University is Pakistan’s pioneer university which laid the foundation of distance learning system for the first time when this concept was not much popular around the world, but AIOU has proven its worth and now its services are acknowledged all over the country. Learner to learner interaction, learner to instructor interaction and learner to content interaction are the characteristics of distance learning system of AIOU. Workshops are necessary component of distance learning mode where learner to learner and learner to instructor interaction occurs, experts from the relevant field share their experiences and guide learners to related content. This study investigated the degree to which learner to learner, learner to instructor and learner to content interaction contribute in success through distance mode.

The sample for the study was the students of M.S leading to Ph.D and M. Phil of Allama Iqbal Open University. A questionnaire was developed for collecting data from the sample students. Regression analysis was used to calculate the effect of learner to learner, learner to instructor and learner to content interaction on success of the students. It was found that success in distance learning system is positively correlated with the learner-instructor interaction while learner-learner interaction was the least predictor for success in distance learning.

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