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Title The integration of learning technologies in open distance learning at the North-West University / Hendrik Daniel (Hennie) Esterhuizen
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Abstract North-West University in South Africa is committed to expanding use of learning technologies for contact and distance education students by augmenting the existing NWU teaching and learning policy with an e-learning policy. The School of Continuing Teacher Education at North-West University is currently training about 24 000 in-service teacher students through Open Distance Learning. Only a few students submit assignments in typed format and seldom electronically. Students rarely use electronic technologies to augment their learning, and the SCTE employs few to support students. This does not comply with the South African Government’s policy on e-Education that demands information and communication technology mastery in teacher training. The aim of this research was integration of learning technologies in open distance learning at SCTE NWU through recommendations compiled in a sociologically transformative emergent implementation framework. The researcher followed a concurrent mixed-method sociologically transformative approach, focussing on the use of technology for social empowerment to cross the digital divide, through a theoretical lens of ICT for development. The lived experience in the natural setting of distance education students, lecturers, and involved stakeholders was used as initial data collection, informed by a continuous literature study of emergent learning technology use. Purposeful sampling was used during participant selection. The role of the researcher was that of participant observer, interviewer, and human instrument, from a position of methodological pragmatism as a method of inquiry. Using a design-based research approach, the thesis addresses the main research question through five research papers; each addressing one of the sub-questions as design-based research cycles, while collectively addressing the research problem to address the main research question. Nonstandardised measuring instruments were developed based on themes identified from literature and the analysis of qualitative data. Significant barriers to population-wide ICT adoption exist. Strong intentions of perseverance in attaining functional computer literacy are evident. Support and enablement are required to promote trust to attempt using computers, necessary to obtain self-confidence through accomplishment. In this way perseverance to attain functional computer literacy may be cultivated. The study presents a model for intention to use, confidence, trust and perseverance in attaining computer literacy competence with statistically significant standardised regression weights. In terms of affective responses of students during computer literacy training, a twodimensional model for computer literacy learning emotions is presented. Perceptions during professional development produced a model for faculty development towards socially transformative learning technology integration for open distance learning. The researcher also presents a people-technology interaction in teaching and learning…
Subjects/Keywords Computer literacy; e-Learning; Faculty training; Higher Education; Interactive white boards; Learning technology integration; Open Distance Learning; Student support; Teacher training; Technology adoption; Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL); Technophilia; Technophobia; Akademici opleiding; e-Leer; Hoër Onderwys; Interaktiewe witborde; Leertegnologie integrasie; Liefde vir tegnologie; Onderwysersopleiding; Oop afstandsleer; Rekenaargeletterdheid; Studenteondersteuning; Tegnologieaanvaarding; Tegnologie-verrykte Leer; Tegnologievrees
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Country of Publication za
Record ID handle:10394/8736
Repository nwu-za
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Date Indexed 2017-06-14
Issued Date 2012-01-01 00:00:00

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