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Gender-based analysis of ICTs in institutions of higher learning: A case of E-learning in Makerere University. (Invited Presentation)

Ruth Nsibirano, Faculty of Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda
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Information and Communication Technologies are increasingly becoming a source of inspiration and hope for higher institutions of learning that are grappling with the increasing numbers of both enrolled and even aspiring learners, all this in an environment that has stagnated in terms of capacity building, funding (poor), infrastructure, low wages.

In addition there is an obvious flood of information. There is an urgent need to improve the access, processing and dissemination of available information. Both published and grey literature needs to be made accessible so that users, and even potential users, regardless of their gender can retrieve it with much ease. For the entire information management process therefore, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is seen as offering solutions and answers to the quest for better information management.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can change knowledge and the way it is accessed. (Mulyampiti and Kasozi, 2004; Anena and Kisubika, 2005). It is often believed that the use of ICT is gender neutral and even offers more opportunities to the female, than before. In this new information era, raising standards in teaching and learning, it is said, have become intertwined with the use of ICTs. (Mulyampiti and Kasozi, 2004).

It is the intention of this paper to discuss from a gender based angle and give an analysis of ICTs in institutions of higher learning: with Makerere University as a case study. The author will give the situation analysis of ICT in Makerere University as an example of an institution utilizing ICT, look into issues of access, use and adoption, issues of administration and management, challenges and recommendations.