n South African Journal of Higher Education - The transformative role of ICT in higher education : a case study of the alignment of educational technology utilization with the vision of Stellenbosch University

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article presents a case study of the alignment of educational technology utilization with the institutional vision of Stellenbosch University, especially as regards the expansion of educational opportunities at postgraduate level. This is achieved by establishing alternative access routes through creating a virtual study environment. The study takes into account the institutional context within the African setting, including the University's existing strategic framework and technology infrastructure. The case study takes its direction in particular from two key issues, the role of educational technology in the transformation of Higher Education and the low Internet penetration within Africa. The current situation at the University with regard to technology-enhanced learning is broadly described. This includes an explanation of the individual and blended use of the Interactive Telematic Education satellite-based platform and the web-based learning management system, WebCT (now Blackboard), as well as other online support services deployed at Stellenbosch University. The study highlights the challenge that remains for curriculum planners in higher education, namely to find the optimal blend of higher education learning experiences that can be enhanced by the most favourable and feasible mixture of technology applications.

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