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The Use of Various ICTs in Blended Collaborative Learning at the University of Botswana

Seleka G.G., Mgaya K.V., Sechaba M.N., Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Botswana
 
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ABSTRACT Instructional technology has become a fundamental aspect of the e-learning objective of many institutions of learning across the world. Given the diverse needs of learning institutions in terms of infrastructure, objectives and student accessibility to institutional resources, it becomes imperative that e-learning systems are designed so as to allow the institutions the flexibility to efficiently accomplish their unique goals and aspirations. This is more especially important in the resource-deficient institutions located in developing countries. The overall objective of this paper was to determine which one, among WebCT, server-based Local Area Network (LAN) folders, and course websites delivery methods best suits the local context given inadequate access to technology, poor Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, and derisory (ICT) skills in developing countries (Seleka G, Gianinni D, 2005). Whereas numerous studies have been conducted on blended learning in developed countries, very few such studies have been carried out in developing nations. This study will seek to establish whether the criteria found in developed countries should be applied to the developing world environment as it is or with some modification for useful implementation. The study took an experimental format wherein usage of three course delivery methods, LAN folders, WebCT, and course websites were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Keywords: blended learning, e-learning, server based LAN folders, WebCT, course websites