The Use of ICT by students and Academics - Walter Sisulu University

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					The 3RD INTERNATIONAL E-LEARNING CONFERENCE at
           the WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY
Theme: Technology, Pedagogy and Education in the 21st Century



  The Use of ICT by Students and Academics in
      Teaching and Learning: The case of the
           University of Fort Hare
                       by
               Alfred H. Makura

                     01 November 2011
    Introduction and background
 ICT are a diverse set of technological tools and
  resources used for creating, storing, managing
  and communicating information, and to support
  teaching and learning and research activities
  (Vajargah, Jahani & Azadmanesh, 2010)
 The use of the Internet and other information
  and communication technologies (ICTs) in
  higher education in South Africa has been
  growing rapidly for more than a decade (UFH
  ICT policy document).
   Introduction and background
• The UFH Institutional Strategic Plan
  (SP2009) advocates the promotion of
  Technology-enhanced Learning (TeL)
  as one of the key objectives within the
  strategic goal of teaching and
  learning, research and community
  engagement excellence (UFH Strategic
  Plan 2009).
   Introduction and background
• ICT use of in education help
  improve memory retention,
  increase motivation and
  understanding (Dede,
  998),promote collaborative
  learning, and problem solving
  activities(Forcheri and Molfino,
  2000)
     STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

• The UFH has responded slowly to
  ICT/TeL awareness and usage. A
  few academics have attempted to
  use a few ICTs such as WebCT and
  Blackboard for teaching and
  learning purposes (UFH ICT policy
  document).
       PURPOSE OF STUDY

• to investigate the use of ICT by
  students and staff at the
  University of Fort Hare (as
  perceived by students)
     RESEARCH QUESTION

• What is the nature and
  extent of ICT use by
  academics at UFH as
  perceived by students?
           METHODOLOGY
• Design
• Interpretive methodology
Case study
• Instrument:
 Questaview
Sample
44 randomly selected student users of
PASS (24;14;5;3 year 1,2,3,4 respectively)
                  RESULTS

1. Technology used for learning by students
   [nature of ICT used by students]
 computer
   Internet
   Cellphone
   Projector
   Photocopying machine
   Library/textbook/great hall/journals/
     studying alone or in group/consultations
            RESULTS cont….
• Technology used by UFH Academics/lecturers
Projector/overhead projector
Computer/computer databank
PowerPoint presentation
Laptop
Slides
Emails
Blackboard
microscope
             RESULTS cont….
• Technologies available at the University
Computer
Projector/overhead projector
Internet
Microscope
Photocopying machines
Library/opac/textbooks
              RESULTS cont….
• Technologies ‘I learnt since arriving at UFH’
Computer
Photocopying machine
Internet
Overhead projector
Microscope
Textbooks/opac/catalogue referencing
None
               RESULTS cont….
• How ICT should be used by lecturers at UFH
 More computers for research
 Projector to help
 Use of SI leaders because they are active/motivate
 Maintain status quo “my degree does not require much
  use of technology…”
 More computer labs
 Emailing lecture notes/exploit internet
 ‘More working computers and photocopying machines’
         RECOMMENDATIONS
• Expose students to more technology for
  learning on entry into university
• Capacitate academics technologically to use
  technology in learning and teaching
• Utilise the teaching grant from DHET to equip
  lecture halls with technology
• Centres of Teaching and Learning/ Academic
  Development Centres should spearhead ICT
  usage by academics + ICT training for TeL.
         THE END

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