Pedagogic possibilities of ICTs and technology affordances in an increasingly networked environment in support of sustainable development

Kabanda, Gabriel (2015) Pedagogic possibilities of ICTs and technology affordances in an increasingly networked environment in support of sustainable development. pp. 126-136. ISSN 2141 -2189

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Abstract

African countries need to adequately prepare for a strategic response to new technologies associated with open educational resources (OERs), massive open online courses (MOOCS), e-learning and mobile learning. The purpose of the research was to investigate on the pedagogic possibilities of ICTs and technology affordances in an increasingly networked environment that can impact/ benefit participative collaborative inclusive communities of learning in support of sustainable development among 23 selected African countries. The main research methodology used is largely quantitative with the research design being a survey, but supported by qualitative approaches where Focus Group discussions were held. A survey was conducted among the ACDE member institutions to assess the level of awareness of OERs, MOOCs, e-learning and mobile technology. Diffusion of mobile technology was assessed mainly through the trends in usage patterns with respect to the major ICT indicators such as teledensity, mobile density and internet penetration levels. A qualitative approach was also taken where Focus Group discussions were held to share experiences on OERs and MOOCs. Another Focus Group discussion was held on ODL pedagogy and technology for sustainable development, a view to investigate on the pedagogic possibilities of ICTs and technology affordances in an increasingly networked environment. The results show that there is a strong relationship between open and distance learning (ODL) and sustainable development. Pedagogic possibilities in ICTs and technology affordances are related to the diffusion and adoption of mobile technology and e-learning in support of sustainable development in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Professor Gabriel Kabanda
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2015 07:02
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/582

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