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South African Journal of Higher Education - Volume 14, Issue 1, 2000
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Volume 14, Issue 1, 2000
The problem of specifying fixed notional learning hours per type of delivery in a distance teacher education moduleSource: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 185 –195 (2000)More Less
In this article the concept of "notional hours per type of delivery in a module" is explored with a view to providing relevant guidelines for the calculation of such hours. Documents from the South African Qualifications Authority and the Department of National Education are taken as points of departure. The authors come to the conclusion that NLH (Notional Learning Hours) should be calculated individually for individual modules, as no general formula can be applied to all modules. The NLH per module will amongst other things depend on the specific outcomes envisioned by the module.
Source: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 196 –204 (2000)More Less
An instructional programme in higher education can be defined as a sequence of learning activities leading to the award of a particular qualification. Programmes have a broad area of specialisation and can be trans-, inter- or multi-disciplinary in nature. In accordance with policy guidelines, programmes should be planned, coherent and integrated, add value, be learner-centred, experiential and outcomes-oriented; develop attitudes of critical inquiry and prepare students for continued learning in a world of technological and cultural change. The National Qualifications Framework aims at establishing an open and flexible system based on credit accumulation and multiple entry and exit points which will make greater mobility possible for learners in the higher education system. This article critically investigates the policy guidelines for programme planning provided by the NQF and their implications for higher education. It also presents an overview of the process for the planning of an inter-institutional programme in Higher Education Studies.
Computer literacy and Internet usage within the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA)Source: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 205 –210 (2000)More Less
During a meeting held by the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA) in Lesotho in August 1996, the use of the Internet, e-mail facilities and other computer software was the subject of serious discussion. The DEASA community agreed that computer literacy and Internet connectivity has recently become extremely important in higher education for the delivery of good quality and timely service to our learners. At a follow-up meeting held in Pretoria in March 1998, Technikon SA was requested to conduct a survey among DEASA members to determine the existing levels of computer and Internet literacy and to assess the training needs in the SADEC region, in which the DEASA community is located. Subsequently, two different empirical studies were conducted and further discussions were held. The first study, conducted amongst DEASA representatives of each institution, investigated the facilities available to each member institution, the number of staff and the availability of training facilities and human resources. The second study, which forms the subject of this article, was conducted amongst full-time staff members within the DEASA institutions to gain insight into their computer literacy, environmental reception to new technologies, computer training needs, the desire to learn and use new echnologies, and the use of the Internet. The report was based on the results of the analysis of questionnaires received from the ten institutions that responded.
Author R.P. NgcongoSource: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 211 –217 (2000)More Less
In the experience of the author, supervision at master's level is not only a question of guiding students who are ready and able to do research. It is a process of supervising students to develop their capacity and enhance their esteem. The writer further highlights the challenges which must be met in building capacity and facilitating the self-esteem of students. She argues that these can be overcome. For this to happen, however, many requirements must be met. Chief among these are the willingness and continued capacity of supervisors themselves. Furthermore, the article suggests that supervision and teaching students even at higher degree level, involves continuous feedback. This feedback must be given by supervisors and students to one another. Consensus on criteria of such feedback must be reached with students to ensure ownership and respect thereof. The process of arriving at such a consensus is itself contributory to students' ability to think objectively and to build their capacity in research-related skills.
Author S.P. SongcaSource: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 218 –226 (2000)More Less
A method has been developed which is considered to be effective in producing large numbers of workbooks on demand, with a very short notice period. This approach is considered to be ideal in general, for the local production of educational materials, which are intended for use as teaching and learning materials as well as for those that are intended for use as a basis for educational action research, especially for the laboratory type sciences. Two features of the method, the structure and function of the development and production team, and the small but fully equipped production unit, are considered to be critical in the feasibility of the approach. A structure was developed for the workbooks. It is considered most suitable for teaching and learning materials, as well as for materials intended for use as a basis for ongoing research and development to study the use of such materials in a non-distance learning environment.