n South African Journal of Higher Education - E-learning : some critical thoughts : perspectives on higher education

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Currently, a technological revolution is taking place in higher education. The effects of this revolution are increasingly being felt in South Africa. The growth of elearning has been described as explosive, unprecedented, amazing and disruptive. In this article some critical thoughts about e-learning are raised. In particular philosophical and educational issues pertinent to e-learning are addressed. In framing the discussion attention is given to the relationship between technology and culture, the relationship between information and learning, and the relationship between embodiment and learning. The article concludes that extreme positions of rejectionism and boosterism are not desirable.

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