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ERIC Number: EJ840668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Exploring the Role of ICTs in Addressing Educational Needs: Identifying the Myths and the Miracles
Daniel, J.; West, P.; Mackintosh, W.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v21 n6 p634-644 2007
Persistent myths have lessened the impact of ICTs on education. Happily they are balanced by miracles of theory and practice that are gradually gaining the upper hand. We counter the myth that innovation in the application of ICTs is the preserve of industrialised countries by listing examples of innovations from southern Africa that have set global trends. Developing countries have the advantage over industrialised countries in taking advantage of the fundamental miracle of educational technology, namely its ability to provide higher quality learning to increasing numbers at lower costs. The power of this miracle increases with every new generation of technology. The current trends to social software and open educational resources will benefit more and more South Africans as connectivity steadily improves. However, things are not always what they seem. In the most difficult (and important) section of the paper we explode the myth that all open content is truly open and show how to restore the miracle of a global intellectual commons that cannot suffer the tragedy of the commons. The secret is to use "share-alike" rather than "non-commercial" licenses under the provisions of Creative Commons. [Presented as the Keynote address given at the 10th anniversary conference of the National Association for Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA) held in Pretoria, 23-24 August 2006.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa
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