All BOCODOL continuing learners are informed that Semester 2 Registration has started and that the deadline is 30th January 2017.
Receiving of applications and/or registration for Small Scale Business Management (SSBM), Community Based Work with Children and Youth (CBWCY) and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) has been extended to 30th January 2017. Prospective learners are requested to contact their Regional Centres if they need assistance.
The Delivery Schedules have been released please note the information that affects you closely.
The Management of Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning(BOCODOL) wishes to inform all its stakeholders, partners, learners and the public at large that the College Headquarters and all the Regional Offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays from Monday 19th December 2016 until Thursday 5th January 2017. BOCODOL will reopen for business on Friday 6th January 2017.
BOCODOL Board of Governors, Management and Staff wish to thank you, its clients; stakeholders, learners and the public for the support and collaboration that you have accorded the College in the year 2016. We look forward to having a much more fruitful relationship in the year 2017.
BOCODOL Wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
For the past days we experienced challenges with online payment. Please note that the problem has been resolved and learners can now process their payment online at www.bocodo.ac.bw. This include those applying for CIPS, SSBM and CBWCY (Deadline is 30th December 2016) as well as those wishing to make upfront payments or deposits for Semester 2 (January 2017)
Please note that the online payment facility is available for learners to pay at their convenience. This means that learners do not have to wait for the enrolment/registration period to make payments. Learners can manage their account by paying at any time such that at the time of registration, they have enough credit against the courses they would be registering for. In cases where the account will have been overpaid at a given period, the necessary refund process shall apply.
The semester 2 results are out; for queries contact your Region and complete the form. The decisions on Special Exam requests are as indicated in the results - SP; a timetable is included.
Click on this link to access the results; http://www.bocodol.ac.bw/index.…/learner-information/results
All continuing learners are informed that Semester results will not be released on Friday 24th as indicated on the Delivery Schedule but will instead be released by the 30th of June 2016. Online Registration for the Semester will commence on the 4th July 2016. Remember that you can register wherever you are and only come to the Regional Center to collect materials. All inconvenience is highly regretted
The processing of learner selections for July 2016 is ongoing. We are currently verifying the data and expect to finish this exercise by 19 June 2016. The final selections will be done during the week of 20 June, 2016 and registrations will take place on 04 th – 15 th July 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by sms and through the College.
We apologise for the slight delay in responding to your applications.
The Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) informs the general public, its learners and stakeholders about the full automation of the Online Application and Registration processes through the use of the Integrated Tertiary System (ITS). ITS manages student database and provides student information management, as well as integrating operations and ensuring consistency of information through integration of enrolment functions. Application and registration processes for all tertiary programmes will now be carried out online.
All students are required to register for Semester 2 online. The registration period has been extended to 13th February 2016. However, tutorials for the second semester will begin as scheduled on 6th February 2016. Online registration and payment guidelines can be accessed through the College website; www.bocodol.ac.bw. The link is on Home Page under Online Services.
The Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) will be refunding all citizen learners who had registered with the College for Junior Certificate (JC) and Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) subjects for the calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014, and duly paid their tuition fees through Botswana Postal Services. Learners are required to present themselves at the Study Centre they registered with and collect reference numbers for refund. The refund is a result of the Back-to-School initiative by the Botswana Government implemented in 2012. The refund process is scheduled to commence on the 1st of February until 31st March 2016.
Learners who had paid, but their name do not appear on the list are advised to go to their respective Study Centres with a valid proof of payment to register their claims. Non-Citizen shall not be eligible for the refund.
Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) is pleased to inform its learners, stakeholders and the general public that with effect from the 28th October 2015, its offices in Francistown City will relocate to the below address. Our Telephone, Fax numbers and Email addresses remain unchanged.
The new physical address is;
Teacher Training College (TTC)
Opposite Galo Mall
Corner of Francistown Avenue and Rutherford Street
Should you encounter any difficulties or require further clarification in regard to the relocation, please contact the following personnel:
Switchboard: Tel (+267) 241 8383/ 364 6198
Corporate Relations & Marketing Office: Tel (+267) 364 6056
The Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) hosted a Capacity Building Workshop on the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT’s) into teaching and learning for teacher/ educators. The event was intended for BOCODOL staff and was held in Gaborone at its Head Office in Block 6 on the 14th – 18th of September 2015.
The workshop was designed to capacitate staff members to create new, and adapt existing print-based programmes, courses for access using e-learning technologies. It also focused on planning an online course, instructional design to support online learning and Learners Management System (LMS) technical skills. One outcome from the workshop was the conversion of some courses to support e-learning from a programme in the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education.
Speaking at the Official Opening of the workshop, the Acting Executive Director, Dr. Tichatonga Nhundu said it was important that as the planned establishment of BOCODOL as an Open University is looming, staff should be accustomed to the wide range of ICT and they should also embrace its exsistence.
Dr. Nhundu said as a growing Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution of repute in the region, its offerings should therefore be online or on soft copy so that it reduces the burden of using hard copies, that has proved to be time consuming. He challenged staff members to take advantage of the new ICT gadgets at their disposal.
“I am equally pleased to inform this gathering that the College has already made strides in the use of ICTs. Of recent we have sent members of staff to Singapore on ICT mission to learn more on these technologies. We are still yet to enjoy the rewards of such an academic adventure.” Dr Nhundu said. He also said that online and e-learning had immense benefits because they are convenient and flexible for learners. He explained that through the use of ICTs, learners would not miss anything even if they had missed the sessions, because one would be able to access the learning materials wherever one is if there is Internet access. He said through ICT, learners could engage in discussion and access their turtors/ lecturers as well as stay in a given session for a longer period. The system also allows interaction amongst learners, and is also affordable as learners do not need to be in class physically all the time. The use of e-textbooks and e-library was also said to be a major advantage of ICT.
However, Dr. Nhundu said there was need for e-learning policy and proper infrastructures to exploit the technology to the fullest. In addition, he mentioned that there was need for technical skills in e-learning in local academics as there seemed to be lack of interest and commitment among staff to embrace ICT because of technological phobia.
The Interim Director of Corporate Relations and Marketing at BOCODOL, Reverend Bonny Bashe gave the overview of the College. He said that by the end of the year 2013, about 124 staff members had furthered their educational qualifications and were also ICT savvy. He mentioned that by 2018, when the Open University status would have been attained, the College aims at offering 40 programmes, to have three fully-fleshed Schools, increase its annual enrolment of 14 000 and cumulative enrolment of 84 000.
The Commonwealth of Learning sponsored Consultant based in South Africa, Mr. Andrew Moore who was facilitating the workshop, said that he was optimistic that they would develop e-learning content that would best suit Botswana. He advised that the College should vigorously work towards the attainment of offering teaching through online mode. He concluded by saying that the courses and content should be user friendly to its intended audiences.
The week-long event was a welcome activity in the College as it provided staff with an opportunity to sharpen their practical and technical skills on using e-learning technologies.
BOCODOL has released the admissions for all its running programmes for the July 2015 semester and the full list can be accessed from the College website at; www.bocodol.ac.bw.
The public is made aware that admission is done according to set College selection criteria that have been approved by its relevant structures. In addition to programme specific educational requirements the admissions are allocated according to quotas reserved for specific groups which among others include the following;
The College therefore wishes to inform all and sundry that non admission is mainly due to the above reasons and that no one can be refused admission outside the issues stated above. Again it should be noted that there are very limited spaces in all cases and this therefore has intensified the competition.
The College wishes to extend its profound gratitude to all who had applied but were not admitted and urges them not to despair. The next enrolment cycle will start in February 2016 so please keep your eyes on this space.
The dates for registration for all those admitted is 6th – 24 July 2015
The Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) wishes to inform all those interested in enrolling for the Diploma in Business Management (DBM) which is due from the 2nd to 20th March 2015 that applications will be done online through the BOCODOL website at www.bocodol.ac.bw. Please note that applicants for this programme are exempted from paying the application fee. Applications can be done at any place where there is internet connectivity. Those with no access to internet facilities can visit BOCODOL Regional Centres where they will be assisted to apply.