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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Digital learning gains traction at SA institutions | Digital Learning - ITWeb

A study shows new online and open access ways of teaching and learning are gaining momentum locally, by Staff Writer at ITWeb.
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New online and open ways of teaching and learning are gaining momentum in SA, but the advances still apply only to a handful of institutions.

This is according to a two-year study led by the University of Cape Town's Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).

The study, conducted by CILT in collaboration with the University of Leeds in the UK, examined the emergence of online learning at institutions of higher learning in SA.

Sukaina Walji, online project manager at CILT, says the team's research focused on the changes currently under way in the higher education sector, which will ultimately lead to the unbundling of education provision at universities nationally.

She says these new forms of education provision involve digital approaches, to keep pace with the demands of an evolving digital world. Walji believes the importance of digital is around increased flexibility, scale and access.

More historically advantaged and "high-ranked" universities are adopting online, open-access and digital learning, and adapting to these global trends, she notes. But historically disadvantaged institutions continue to lag behind...

These new opportunities are not without their difficulties though, for students and educators, says Walji, adding that the need to level the playing field for students by providing unlimited access to the Internet, laptops and/or other devices is critical.

Similarly, she notes, for academics, altered roles and new teaching teams are just two of the challenges with which they need to become familiar.

Source: ITWeb