Teaching Philosophy and Tutors: Student Expectations

Abstract

The expansion of open distance learning the past years resulted in renewed interest in teaching technologies. Higher education institutes worldwide are becoming aware of the need to adapt to changes in teaching and the use of technology. Even traditional contact universities are opting for distance education as an additional method of tuition thereby needing to investigate the use of technology in their hybrid teaching models. This has led to the focus of traditional ODL institutions to investigate the optimal use of technology in its tuition model. For this reason, many research articles are focussed on ODL programmes and ways and means by which the sphere of distance education can be enhanced. This paper focusses on the expectations of students regarding the use of technology by tutors and the types of technology they regard as most suitable for delivery of tuition matter and their potential acceptance of technology such as e-tutor classes, video conferences and social media. . The research found that students are in favour of utilising new technological methods of education, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, with a definite interest in YouTube. Research also found that younger students find social networking more user-friendly than older students.



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Michael Colin Cant, University of South Africa, South Africa

Paper Information
Conference: ACTC2013
Stream: Technology in the Classroom

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