We are always particularly interested in how elearning is developing globally, and a recent report from elearning Africa has shown us some great insight into the elearning situation in Africa. The report gives results from a survey of eLearning professionals and a range of other stakeholders across 41 different countries in Africa.
Some of the key findings from the survey: include
- The number one factor constraining the African eLearning sector – lack of bandwidth
- The top consideration for African organisations – access to appropriate content
- The most important change agent – the government
- The top motivation for using ICT – 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
The report asks:
- What are the most popular eLearning technologies in Africa?
- How is technology changing the way that African learners learn?
- What will be the defining eLearning issues for Africa over the next five years?
We thought that the findings from the question “What constrains ICT-enhanced learning and training at the country level?” were particularly interesting, as we can see similarities and differences in the constraints that we see in Europe and the US, are also common in Africa:
The report also has some excellent case studies such as financing ICT in higher education in Benin (p26), mobile learning in Kenya (p24), and input from key stakeholders in the African eLearning field.
The report is available here.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.