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Support for and Adoption of Online Learning in South Africa

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in E-learning, General | 3 comments

Support for and Adoption of Online Learning in South Africa

 

After reading a number of different perspectives about online learning penetration within South Africa, I can conclude that we are in the right direction. This is despite the fact that, on one end of the spectrum we have schools and higher education institutions who are fully utilizing the power of the internet, and yet on the other we still have institutions battling with the basic needs such as toilets, (more…)

Online Learning as an Alternative Way to Ensure Quality Higher Education in South Africa

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in All Disciplines, General | 3 comments

Online Learning as an Alternative Way to Ensure Quality Higher Education in South Africa

South Africa faces many educational challenges that are undoubtedly as a result of its racially segregated learning past. The teaching and learning challenges are undeniably very complicated, and therefore require flexible and multi-faceted approaches. Educational technologies are thus seen a one of the many ways to solve this problem. (more…)

Let’s Compute, to Compete

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in All Disciplines, E-learning | 11 comments

Let’s Compute, to Compete

 

The South African youth unemployment percentage was set at 36.1% in 2014.  The main culprit of the joblessness in our country is reported to be lack of skills.  Many of our youth are left jobless because they do not possess digital skills and the few that have the digital know how expand their horizons and accumulate a number of jobs per person.  (more…)

Digitalised Knowledge

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in All Disciplines | 0 comments

Digitalised Knowledge

 

A comment on my previous blog post http://teachingandlearning.org.za/the-history-of-online-learning/ triggered me to respond to it in the form of a blog post. The question that was asked was “What do you think the impact of online learning is on libraries?” A simple comment response would not do the topic any justice. (more…)

Unpacking the Terminology used in Learning within an Internet Environment

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in All Disciplines, General | 3 comments

Unpacking the Terminology used in Learning within an Internet Environment

 

After reading a couple of texts online, I became a bit confused with some of the jargon being used. In some texts I would find that the words e-learning, computer assisted learning, mobile learning and many others are being used instead of online learning. I sought to demystify this jargon by trying to distinguish the differences (if any) between the various terms. Below is a list of defined terms commonly used when referring to learning on the internet on learning using computer devices: (more…)

Notes on Online Learning

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in All Disciplines, General | 2 comments

Notes on Online Learning

 

Interestingly online learning is not as new as I had previously imagined. Moreover online learning qualifications now are considered to be just as credible and have the same value as traditional degrees, meaning that one can get an Ivy league education without physically sitting at an Ivy league institution such as Princeton, Harvard or Oxford University. For instance Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education offers an impressive range of over 90 online courses, which are transferable (more…)

A Reflection on Learning Analytics: Inside the Siyaphumelela Conference Day 1

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in All Disciplines, General | 0 comments

A Reflection on Learning Analytics: Inside the Siyaphumelela Conference Day 1

The Siyaphumelela (we succeed) Conference day 1 included presentations about research projects that have made use of big data (data analytics) to inform university strategy and policy. In addition to the latter, there was a panel discussion comprising of three vice chancellors (Prof C. de la Rey (UP), Prof. A Habib (Wits), Prof. D. Swart (NNMU)) and a deputy vice chancellor (Dr. L. Lange (UFS)). This panel represented the institutions currently participating in the Siyphumelela – we succeed programme aimed (more…)

Blackboard Learn: Taking it One Tool at a Time

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in All Disciplines | 0 comments

Blackboard Learn: Taking it One Tool at a Time

Whenever a conversation is sparked by a so overly excited lecturer of how they are able to execute commands on Blackboard without having contacted me I am always tempted to ask what else they are using it for.  And if I ever build much courage to ask the most common answer is, to post announcements.  (more…)

A Reflection of using ‘Pod-Casts’ in an Undergraduate Sociology course

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in All Disciplines, Sociology | 0 comments

A Reflection of using ‘Pod-Casts’ in an Undergraduate Sociology course

Many students encounter sociological theory as a very intimidating and often very abstract course, and as a result have a defeatist attitude towards theory. Thus the students’ perceptions of sociological theory made me seek an alternative and easily accessible way of teaching the course. A colleague who is passionate about (more…)

Partial Classroom Flip: Method of Enhancing Inclusive Participation during Classroom Discussions

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in All Disciplines, General | 0 comments

Partial Classroom Flip: Method of Enhancing Inclusive Participation during Classroom Discussions

I have taken time to explore ideas on ways to broaden participation within the classroom. I asked colleagues and browsed the internet. Firstly, participation is important in that it gives you an indication of how much students are engaged with the material you are presenting. Often in our classrooms, (more…)

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