Pedagogical supportive strategies to support economics students’ learning at an open distance learning university

  • Micheal M van Wyk University of South Africa


This article investigates the use of pedagogical strategies employed to support students’ learning in an online Teaching Methodology of Economics course. To this end, a systematic review was conducted of the extant literature on student support in an open distance learning context. The article employed a pragmatic approach, along with an explanatory mixed methods design to conduct the research. Data were collected via an online questionnaire, and from eDiscussion forum entries. Convenient and purposive sampling was done of postgraduate students (n = 179) in economics education, after which the respondents voluntarily completed an online survey. The findings and practical implications of the study on which this article is based, have been formulated to advance online pedagogical strategies aimed at supporting students’ learning, to promote essential competencies for the course in the College of Education at an open distance learning university.