The Adaptation Of E-Learning By

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The Adaptation Of E
-
Learning By
Various Stakeholders In The Higher
and Tertiary Education Institution

ICT

James
Gwanyangwanya

,
Rorisang

Madonko

Hons

Bsc

Computer Science


Table of Contents


Background


Problem Statement


Methodology and data collection


Stakeholder Finding


Interaction amongst stakeholders


Recommendations


Conclusions








Background


Global technological change has affected higher and
tertiary education through implementation of
electronic learning.


W
i
S
e
U
p


WSU


Variations of electronic learning


Synchronicity


Location


Independence



Background cont…


Stakeholders of WiSeUp at WSU


Those affected by, making use of and involved one
way or the other in electronic learning


Students


Instructors


Institutional Management

Problem Statement


With the use of an E
-
Learning platform at WSU how
have the stakeholders managed to adapt to its
implementation and the recommendations we would
give basing on our findings from the research.


Methodology and data collection


Qualitative Research in the form of


Observations


Written Materials


Interview


Questionnaires


Using this methodology I had the following findings
with respect to the stakeholders





Stakeholder Finding
-

Students


Users of E
-
Learning without which E
-
Learning is
pointless both the undergrad and post
-
grad students
at WSU


Students are motivated to use E
-
Learning to again
access to educational resources


Skills of literacy are lacking with 1
st

year students but
as you go up illiteracy deteriorates


Moderate skills on critical thinking, research &
evaluation of information due to increase in volumes
of information that students have access to


Students are much more independent than in the
traditional classroom setting which is good as
working independently is a requirement in the
employment industry


WiSeUp

not so cool in terms of graphics and
multimedia, we need cool interactive apps


Stakeholder Finding
-

Students

Stakeholder Finding
-

Instructors


Just as it is in the traditional classroom that
instructors guide & lead the learning
experience so is the case in E
-
Learning


Used to the traditional teaching environment
and thus are reluctant to change


Instructors using E
-
Learning because
institution makes it a prerequisite and thus no
choice

Stakeholder Finding
-

Instructors


Have an interest in technology mediated learning
especially from FSET


New skills and amount of time to create, administer
and deliver electronic courses to students


Shift from instructor being primary source of
student’s knowledge to being manager of student’s
knowledge & resources


Concern on the acceptance and adaptation of E
-
Learning tools by their students

Stakeholder Finding


Institution
Management


Geographic boundaries are broken as WSU
management has facilitated E
-
Learning


Budgetary restrictions are an issue for institutions,
but thanks to NUFFIC who have alienated this with
the funding of this project


Various departments all making use of the
WiSeUp

platform hence issues of integrating cross
departmental solutions are not an issue


Upgrades in future since E
-
Learning is already going
m
-
learning

Stakeholder Finding


Institution
Management


Resources in the form of
equiped

classrooms,
sufficient bandwidth, support staff


Recommendations


Compulsory literacy courses for all first year students


Instructors and designers should vary content to
make use of fun, interactive, multimedia tools for E
-
Learning


In about 3
-
5 years lets look towards acquisition of
Blackboard Mobile


Skills development for both students and instructors


Encourage instructors to embrace E
-
Learning


Increase resources used for E
-
Learning


Open
-
source courseware


Conclusion



E
-
Learning at Walter
Sisulu

University has been well
adapted by stakeholders through the use of WiSeUp. This is
seen by the increased participation of these stakeholders in
WiSeUp from 2008 during its pilot up to now 2011 where
its in full swing. Continued improvement however is
required as this will help
galvanise

the goal of WiSeUp
implementation which is to enhance the overall learning
experience of stakeholders. Students and Instructors
should participate as proactively as possible providing
improvement on the current implementation.


Thank You

Enkosi

Tatenda

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