E-Learning Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education Institutions in Rural Settings in South Africa: A Case Study


The use of ICT is changing all aspects of our lives and fueling the economic growth globally. Technology can play an important role in building Africa’s progress in education, training and development. The utilization of modern technologies in education is becoming at the heart of higher education institutions (HEIs) generally and South Africa (SA) in particular. E-learning refers to the use of ICT in different processes of education to support and enhance learning. The implementation of e-learning in HEIs in SA is becoming an important factor for government and educational sector. For more than a decade, educational systems in SA are looking for e-learning programs that would help to address challenges and to significantly improve the quality and content of HE in teaching and learning. But the successful implementation of e-learning in HE depends on many factors such as, the accessibility of technology, how learners and teachers are supported in its use and the integration of technology within the curriculum. The purpose of this research is to investigate the challenges and opportunities e-learning offers in a rural HEIs in SA over the traditional way. The paper also highlights major barriers to the integration of e-learning in rural HEIs of South Africa. The findings indicated that the implementation of e-learning offered a diversity of opportunity for teaching and learning in rural HEIs but for a successful implementation some factors need to be addressed. Finally, the paper provides guideline for the integration of new technologies in rural settings HEIs.

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Muhandji Kikunga, University of South Africa, South Africa
Munienge Mbodila, University of Venda, South Africa

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Conference: ACEID2017
Stream: Digital technologies and communications

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