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Developing lifelong learning skills through eLearning-the case of Masters of Adult Education students at the University of Botswana

Gachago, Daniela

Abstract:
This study assesses the potential of eLearning in developing lifelong learning skills of Masters of Adult Education students at the University of Botswana and on how students can apply these skills in their studies, workplace, at home and in their community. The author of this study conducted in-depth interviews with seven mature students. Findings of this study show that eLearning has the potential to develop students’ lifelong learning skills, especially information and computer literacy skills, but also other skills, such as research, collaboration, presentation and discussion skills, if courses are designed based on concepts of learner-centredness, self-directed learning and focus on adult learning principles. The study shows that although these skills are highly appreciated by participants and regularly used in their studies and at their workplace, ICTs have not yet penetrated their private and social lives as fully as the lives of participants of other studies conducted in developed countries report.

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Title of Paper: Developing lifelong learning skills through eLearning-the case of Masters of Adult Education students at the University of Botswana
Conference Name: e/merge Professionalising Practices 2008
Conference Date: 2008-07-07
Conference Location: Virtual Conference
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2008
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Botswana
Keywords:Lifelong learning, E Learning, University of Botswana, Adult education, Skills Development, Information & Communication Technology ICT


File Size:92 KB
Date Added:31 July 2008


Gachago, Daniela (2008). Developing lifelong learning skills through eLearning-the case of Masters of Adult Education students at the University of Botswana Paper prepared for the Virtual Emerge Professionalising Practices Conference, 7-18 July