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Technological change in learning environments: the case of the university of Botswana

Molelu, Gabathuse Blackie; Uys, Philip M.

Abstract:
This paper seeks to establish the extent to which educational technologies have impacted on Teaching and learning at the University of Botswana. The paper describes and analyses technological developments at the University of Botswana since 2000. The University of Botswana recognises the importance of the effective use of educational technologies for enhancing teaching and learning. This recognition is directly linked to the vision of the institution being: “developing a student centred, intellectually stimulating and technologically advanced teaching, learning and research environment.” Various obstacles that are typical of higher education in developing environments however have militated against the rapid implementation of this vision. The process of technological change has been accelerated since 2001 and the emerging strategies for effective infusion are discussed. What strategic steps have been taken to guide the infusion of educational technologies in teaching and learning? What developments both in terms of human resources and infrastructure have been undertaken to help achieve the objective of establishing a technologically advanced teaching and learning environment?
The process of technological change is complex and systemic in nature and leadership is therefore key to this process. The LASO Model was found to be helpful and can act as a guiding heuristic for technological change in learning environments. The University of Botswana is experiencing positive progress in realising its vision for establishing a technologically advanced teaching and learning environment, despite various obstacles that are systematically being addressed.

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Title of Paper: Technological change in learning environments: the case of the university of Botswana
Conference Name: Changing Working Conditions in Higher Education
Conference Date: 2003-07-09
Conference Location: Durban, South Africa
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2003
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Botswana
Keywords:Technology, University of Botswana, Training, E Learning, Models


File Size:125 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author.
Date Added:05 September 2007


Molelu, Gabathuse Blackie; Uys, Philip M. (2003). Technological change in learning environments: the case of the university of Botswana Presented at the International Conference on Changing Working Conditions in Higher Education, Durban, South Africa, 9-11 July.