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The role of universities in creating ICT awareness, literacy and expertise: experiences from Tanzanian public universities.

Lwoga, E.T.; Sife, A.S.; Busagala, L.S.P.; Chilimo, W.

Abstract:
This paper discusses, analyses and gives a way forward on the creation of ICT awareness, literacy and expertise through public universities in Tanzania. Relevant literature and websites were reviewed and interviews with key persons were conducted to establish the current situation as well as potential in Tanzanian universities. The study limited to practical experiences of two public universities in Tanzania found the two to be actively addressing the challenge in various ways; formulation of policies and strategic plans, collaboration with institutions, agents and governments from developed countries, ICT based curricula, establishment of ICT infrastructure, ICT units, elearning environment, ICT short courses, computer science degree programmes, organization of
workshops, seminars and public lectures, use of media such as television, radio, newsletters and websites. The paper, based on this study, recommends that universities should review the methods used to enrich their communities with ICT awareness, literacy and expertise in order to bridge the digital divide gap.

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Chapter Title: The role of universities in creating ICT awareness, literacy and expertise: experiences from Tanzanian public universities.
Book Title: Universities: taking a leading role in ICT enabled human development.
Edited by: F.F. Tusubira & Nora K. Mulira
City: Kampala, Uganda
Publisher: Phanton Solutions
No. of Pages: 35 -44


Date:2005
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:Tanzania, United Republic of
Keywords:Information & Communication Technology ICT, Information Literacy, Capacity Building, Computer Literacy, Skills Development, Universities


File Size:76 KB
Rights:Permission granted by editors
Date Added:15 August 2008


Lwoga, E.T.; Sife, A.S.; Busagala, L.S.P.; Chilimo, W. (2005). The role of universities in creating ICT awareness, literacy and expertise: experiences from Tanzanian public universities.in F.F.Tusubira and Nora K. Mulira (eds) Universities: taking a leading role in ICT enabled human development. Kampala, Uganda: Phanton Solutions. pp.35-44.