Preliminary Findings from the Implementation of e-Learning at the University of Namibia

T.K. Mufeti (Africa)


eLearning implementation, eLearning technology, Advances in Developing countries


Information and Communication Technology capacities are still very low in developing countries, particularly in Africa. In order to bridge the digital and information divide, African Universities are slowly integrating eLearning technologies in their program offerings. eLearning promises many advantages such as learning anywhere anytime at the learners pace [1]. We found at the university of Namibia, however, that these advantages are not always guaranteed: many of our students do not have access to personal computers, and are thus restricted to come to the lab for access to a computer. We also found that it is difficult to attain real-time communication with our students due to reduced bandwidth in communication. Based on these findings, this paper describes how we implemented eLearning at the university of Namibia. It also describes how we organized our courses to compensate for the drawbacks inherent in eLearning in developing backgrounds. Although presented in the Namibian context, the conclusions and suggested strategies could be useful to people in other underprivileged backgrounds aspiring to start similar initiatives.

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