n South African Journal of Higher Education - An investigation into e-learning practices : implications for providers of education and training




The last decade has seen a considerable growth in the application of e-learning courses in most higher education institutions and in companies that provide inhouse training for employees. Hereby recognition is given that modern information and telecommunication technologies can help educators to meet the dual challenge of giving the learners the tools needed to access a virtually unlimited array of information whilst on the other hand to provide ample interactive learning opportunities that supplements the learning content (Schreiberg and Berge 1998, 26). E-learning systems, originally designed to support distance education, is currently getting a new face as it is increasingly used to supplement face-to-face tuition. This article reports on five different e-learning systems, why it has been chosen by the specific institution, what challenges these institutions are facing and reflects lastly on criteria that needs to be considered when e-learning programmes are designed.


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