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 ØCase study • Instrument: Questaview Sample 44 randomly selected student users of PASS (24;14;5;3 year 1,2,3,4 RESULTS 1. Technology used for learning by students [nature of ICT used by students] Ø computer Ø Internet Ø Cellphone Ø Projector Ø Photocopying machine Ø Library/textbook/great hall/journals/ studying alone or in group/consultations RESULTS cont…. • Technology used by UFH Academics/lecturers ØProjector/overhead projector ØComputer/computer databank ØPowerPoint presentation ØLaptop ØSlides ØEmails ØBlackboard Ømicroscope RESULTS cont…. • Technologies available at the University ØComputer ØProjector/overhead projector ØInternet ØMicroscope ØPhotocopying machines ØLibrary/opac/textbooks RESULTS cont…. • Technologies ‘I learnt since arriving at UFH’ ØComputer ØPhotocopying machine ØInternet ØOverhead projector ØMicroscope ØTextbooks/opac/catalogue referencing ØNone RESULTS cont…. • How ICT should be used by lecturers at UFH Ø More computers for research Ø Projector to help Ø Use of SI leaders because they are active/motivate Ø Maintain status quo “my degree does not require much use of technology…” Ø More computer labs Ø Emailing lecture notes/exploit internet Ø ‘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 THANK YOU FOR LISTENING AND LOOKING QUESTIONS?? COMMENTS??
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