n South African Journal of Higher Education - E-readiness of ODL multicultural lecturers : implications for effective mediation

Volume 27, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article is a narrative report of the findings from an analysis of multicultural facilitators' discourses on their e-readiness in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) affordances in open and distance learning (ODL) mediation experiences. Firstly, the findings revealed by qualitative deconstructive discourse analysis (DDA) indicated that the majority of ODL facilitators/instructors lack e-readiness skills that are critical in the effective manipulation of ICT affordances in teaching and learning in ODL environments. Secondly, some facilitators did not fully understand what undergirds ODL pedagogy, principles and practices. The institution's academic lecturers are periodically given e-training but this seems to be inadequate. The author argues that a comprehensive orientation tutorial package covering e-readiness, e-training and ODL principles and practices should be organised for all inexperienced as well as newly employed lecturers to prepare them appropriately for the rigors of ODL pedagogy.

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