ERIC Number: EJ792134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 21
The Other End of the Telescope: Opening Educational Resources in a South African University
Educational Technology, v47 n6 p35-38 Nov-Dec 2007
This article explores the question of opening educational resources in the context of an educational technology unit, the Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. It describes the impact of a high level of policy intervention for the transformation of higher education and of a diverse, multilingual student body, many with apartheid-inherited deficits in academic preparedness. In this context of very particular needs, the article questions the appropriateness of a focus on content alone, rather than educational process as it addresses particular contexts. Where content does become important is in the need to grow the volumes of Africa-relevant content, something that is inhibited by traditional publish-or-perish policies.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Racial Segregation, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Educational Resources, Educational Policy, Publish or Perish Issue, Educational Change, College Preparation, Cultural Context, Educational Research, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa