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ERIC Number: EJ810075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
E-Learning Incorporation: An Exploratory Study of Three South African Higher Education Institutions
Kinuthia, Wanjira; Dagada, Rabelani
International Journal on E-Learning, v7 n4 p623-639 Oct 2008
This article reports on the findings of a research study that was conducted to explore the types of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in use in higher education in South Africa. Specifically, the goal of the study was to explore how e-learning is being used for teaching and learning purposes. Data were collected from interviews with educators and instructional designers at three universities in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Data also came from observation of physical and virtual classrooms, and Learning Management Systems (LMS), as well as institutional (print and electronic) documents related to the use of ICT in instructional environments. Data analysis indicated that resident universities and distance learning universities differ in their missions and approaches to e-learning. A variety of tools including various software, LMS, and print resources are being incorporated into instruction. However, there are barriers to e-learning including large class sizes, limited bandwidth, time, and financial limitations. Despite the barriers, e-learning integration continues, and learners are enthusiastic in engaging in activities, subsequently fostering ICT integration in instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa