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Technological innovation and management strategies for higher education in Africa: harmonizing reality and idealism

Uys, Philip M.; Nleya, Paul; Molelu, G.B.

Abstract:
This paper analyses and suggests possible technological innovation strategies in higher educational institutions in Africa.  The paper describes management issues in the implementation of eLearning with particular reference to its usage in higher education abroad and in Africa, and also suggests appropriate approaches for technological innovation of higher education in Africa.  The major findings of the paper, which are based on three case studies, suggest that eLearning needs to be implemented within a strategically developed framework based on a clear and unified vision and a central educational rationale.  The findings further highlight the importance of using a  combination of strategies – top–down, bottom–up and inside–out – during the diffusion process to attain coherence, collegiality and ownership.  The process of technological transformation is not a smooth translation process but one of dislocations, dilemmas and uncertainties and it is an art to effect change and sustainable technological transformation since people are central to this transformation process.

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Title of Paper: Technological innovation and management strategies for higher education in Africa: harmonizing reality and idealism
Publisher: International Council for Educational Media
City: London


Document Type:Journal Article
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Technology, Management, Developing countries, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, E Learning, Case studies


File Size:179 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author.
Date Added:17 September 2007


Uys, Philip M.; Nleya, Paul; Molelu, G.B. (2004). Technological innovation and management strategies for higher education in Africa: harmonizing reality and idealism. Educational Media International 41(1): 67-80

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