Chaminuka and Kaputa
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (4), pp. 200-205, June 2013
ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 051513613
Using Mobile Phones as a Complementary Tool for Counseling Practicum Supervision in ODL: The Zimbabwe Open University- Harare/ Chitungwiza Region
1L. Chaminuka, *2Dr. T.M. Kaputa
1Regional Programme Coordinator Counselling, 2Chairperson Department of Disability Studies and Special Needs Education. Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Zimbabwe Open University.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: tmusankuleni @ gmail. com
This study looks at how mobile
phones are used to supervise counselling practicum in the
Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) in Harare- Chitungwiza
Region. ZOU is an open and distance learning (ODL)
institution which offers degree programmes in various
disciplines including counseling. Holmberge (1977) points
out that ODL or distance education (DE) covers the various
forms of study at all levels but are not supervised in
lecture rooms or in the same premises but are planned,
guided and taught by an institution at a distance. The
supervision of practical degree programmes in Open and
Distance Learning (ODL) is already a challenge. The use of
emerging technologies like mobile phones as an additional
mode of supervision into open and distance learning can
bring novelty into this area. This case study focused on a
counselling student who was attached to a local hospital.
Data was collected through the student’s personal accounts
and interviews. Triangulation was achieved through
interviews with supervisor at both the local hospital and
the university. Findings show that the mobile phone is
essential as an additional tool for supervising practicum
during the actual intervention wherever anywhere. The study
recommends that mobile phones be used to complement the
supervision of practicums.
Keywords: Mobile phones, counseling, practicum, supervision, emerging technologies.