Posted: April 30, 2013 in IT In Education

IT in education

In the same way that tablets and smartphones have taken over from personal computers, IT in education or e-learning is starting to take over old paper methods and in-class chalkboard learning. In my opinion e-learning is the breakthrough South Africa needs to redress the imbalances of the past.

The courseware in e-learning is designed with a specific audience in mind and in doing this, language (course specific jargon), literacy and numeracy gaps are avoided thus more efficient learning. Work can be covered in a shorter space of time due to the options of doing assessments online after allocated “class time” and marks can be recorded timeously and accurately and reduce administrative work by 40%. The e-learning systems can also function as a management tool where information can be easily accessible and be used to make decisions in the institution.

E-learning can be seen as widening the divide because the ones who can’t afford these technologies are left to use older, less progressive technologies. Greater knowledge and expertise is therefore attained by those with access who will manage to grasp concepts taught much faster and clarify what they already know. As shown by a study; 22 out of 66 repeaters of a course are more likely to have passed had they had access to a computer outside the university where they could have reaped the full benefits of e-learning.

If e-learning were to be extended to all learning institutions the outcome would be positively tremendous and in the long run improve our economy and growth as a nation. This would accelerate workplace learning and skills development and thus induce greater ability to learn and productivity which in turn can grow our economy.

Ultimately if enough effort and consideration is put in implementing e-learning our country can grow economically and our people can grow in knowledge, skill and experience. So all in all IT in education is a great investment in our future as a nation and can aid in finally closing the digital divide in South Africa and hopefully equalize the standard of living of our people.

Author: Nomfundo Gambushe
Edited by: Siyabulela Klaas

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