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. This suggests that educators and students in higher education should see educational technologies such as online learning as part of a solution that seeks to address the serious environmental and educational challenges that they encounter on a daily basis.
Although MOOCs has the possibility of increasing access to education, this does not guarantee that quality educational needs will be met by such platforms. By extension then carefully considered and contextualised teaching and learning needs have to guide the online learning interventions rather than the technology itself. In my view then it is not enough just to have superior ICTs or educational technologies without adequate training for those who use them. Moreover online educational learning should aim to promote life-long learning while it simultaneously contributes to the goal of social transformation and equity for developing societies such as South Africa.