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BEST PRACTICE IN RECORDS MANAGEMENT IN OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING (ODL): A CASE OF NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA (NOUN)
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The objective of this study was to assess how well the NOUN complies with international best practices for records management in Open and Distance Learning Institutions (ODL). The development of records management policies and procedures, designing and implementing the records system, file planning, records management processes and controls, disposal of records, and record retention were all among the International Best Practices mentioned in this article. Observations, document surveys, and oral interviews were the main approaches utilized to gather data. The paper's main finding was that the National Open University of Nigeria's records management procedures complied with global best practices. The institution has the framework, rules, and assistance systems needed for records management. However, the Records unit of the organization is still in its infancy and lacks enough office space, equipment, and information technology resources. The NOUN should consolidate the strides it has achieved in records management by investing in more office space and equipment. The study suggests, as an institution for open and distance learning, the organization should also spend money on records management software and hardware so that it may efficiently manage its electronic records.