Technological Innovation and Management Strategies for Higher Education in Africa: Harmonizing Reality and Idealism

Philippus Uys, P. Nleya, G.B. Molelu

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses and suggests possible technological innovation strategies in higher educational institutions in Africa. The paper describes management issues in the implementation of eLearning with particular reference to its usage in higher education abroad and in Africa, and also suggests appropriate approaches for technological innovation of higher education in Africa. The major findings of the paper, which are based on three case studies, suggest that eLearning needs to be implemented within a strategically developed framework based on a clear and unified vision and a central educational rationale. The findings further highlight the importance of using a combination of strategies - top-down, bottom-up and inside-out - during the diffusion process to attain coherence, collegiality and ownership. The process of technological transformation is not a smooth translation process but one of dislocations, dilemmas and uncertainties and it is an art to effect change and sustainable technological transformation since people are central to this transformation process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-80
    Number of pages14
    JournalEducational Media International
    Volume41
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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