oa Mosenodi - Towards quality distance education in higher education in Africa : the ICT approach
|Article Title||Towards quality distance education in higher education in Africa : the ICT approach|
|Affiliations||1 University of Botswana|
|Publication Date||Jan 2006|
|Pages||120 - 131|
|Keyword(s)||Community, Developments, Educational services, Environment and Proper management|
This paper explores the potential that ICT -mediated distance education has in increasing access to quality higher education in Africa. The need for ICT-mediated education is justified by the fact that conventional methods are not meeting the demands for higher education in Africa. In addition to increasing access, the paper recognizes that ICT can increase the quality of distance education delivery and highlights currency, accuracy, interactivity and relevance as important attributes of content transmitted through ICT-supported learning environments. The paper also identifies the challenges associated with using ICT for education in Africa and suggests solutions based on principles of good practice. A final focus is made on Botswana with respect to the potential that the Draft National ICT policy holds for distance education in higher education in this country.
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