Collaborative E-learning in a Developing Country: A University Case Study in Uganda
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on e-Learning / [ed] Sue Greeener and Asher Rospigliosi, 2011, 101-102 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Universities in developing countries are increasingly adopting and using eLearning in their teaching and learning processes as one of the means for leapfrogging into the knowledge driven world. However, despite the recognition eLearning has received, it has not fulfilled the expectations in terms of impact on the delivery and quality of learning, pointing to the need for improved or new approaches. This paper explores the collaborative eLearning approach as one of the strategies for effective adoption and use of eLearning. Using the first stage of development research this paper presents an empirical study that aimed to explore and understand the current practices of collaborative eLearning in a developing country context. The study was carried out with university students in Uganda and placed focus on the value derived from and challenges encountered in adopting and using collaborative eLearning. From a general perspective, it was evident that learning and teaching methods are predominantly traditional, with limited/no integration of eLearning and there were inconsistencies in understanding the integration of technology into teaching and learning processes. The findings obtained indicated that students through collaborative eLearning were able to share and gain knowledge, understand course concepts and access various views and learning material. Factors such as inadequate bandwidth, inadequate Internet/computer access, conflict resolution, adequate ICT skills and face to face interaction challenged the adoption and use of collaborative eLearning in this context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. 101-102 p.
collaborative eLearning, developing countries, eLearning, ICT, higher education, Uganda
Information Systems Computer and Information Science
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67111ISBN: 978-1-908272-23-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-67111DiVA: diva2:469536
10th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL, Brighton, UK, 10-11 November 2011