The eLearning Africa 2012 Report describes how Africans are using new technologies to enhance education and training across the continent. The report: uses data collected from 447 survey respondents; contains analyses by a number of commentators, including traditional chiefs, investors, and academics from across Africa; and includes the perspectives of elearning professionals and a range of other stakeholders across 41 different countries in Africa.
The survey results indicate that the majority of respondents use information and communication technology (ICT) in classroom teaching and learning. Although most of those who participated in the survey were encouraged by the potential of ICT to improve the quality of their teaching practices, 16% of respondents were constrained by limitations in bandwidth, funds, electricity supply, and insufficient human resource capacity. The large increase in the number of mobile phone subscriptions across Africa is reflected in the number of respondents who use mobile phones in their teaching practices.
Key findings from the eLearning Africa 2012 survey website:
- The number one factor constraining the African eLearning sector is lack of bandwidth.
- The top consideration for African organisations is access to appropriate content.
- The most important change agent is the government.
- The top motivation for using ICT is to improve the quality of teaching.
- 48% use mobile phones in education.
- 36% use shared resource computing in education.
- 74% use ICT for classroom teaching and learning.
eLearning Africa website, June 27 2012. Image credit: Mohamed Adama Thiam