Research plays a critical role in the success of any distance education programme and therefore all academic staff at IDE are expected to be active researchers. By undertaking research, the results contribute to the continuous improvement of the programmes offered and the functioning of the Institute. IDE research studies conducted by the IDE staff have focused on several themes, such as: the delivery models; quality assurance; administration of DE programmes and managing change; issues of access and equality of opportunity.
Some of the research studies completed by the IDE staff that has been published in peer reviewed journals include:
- Conventional versus distance education: does mode matter? To be published in the Indian Journal of Open Learning.
- HIV/AIDS education: What works for Swaziland University students? Educational Research.
- Planning Quality Learning Materials: Theory and Practice at the University of Swaziland. Published in DEASA-SADC CDE International Journal of Open and Distance Learning.
- The Evolution of professional education in Swaziland and the making of an elite class of Swazi Women, 1925 – 1947. Published in the UNISWA Research Journal.
- Factors affecting the quality of education offered by the distance education unit at UNISWA. Published in Progressio: South African Journal of Open and Distance Learning Practice.
- Use of information and communication technologies in distance education: A comparative study. Published in the International Journal of Open and Distance Learning.
- The effectiveness of face-to-face sessions in the delivery of the courses at the IDE, UNISWA. Published in Staff and Educational Development International.
- Distance Education as one of the collaborative measures against HIV and AIDS in Swaziland. Published in the Malaysian Journal of Distance Education.
- Methods for Living Labs, in Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research. Published by the Oxford University Press.
- Contribution of IDE in Promoting Gender Equality and in Empowering Women in Swaziland, in Bridging the knowledge divide –educational technology for development. Published by Information Age Publishing Inc.