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Looking at the top elearning tools for African Higher Education. Presented at Cloud Computing in Higher Education Conference, Johannesburg, 28 August 2014. Discusses free and open online learning tools.


  • 1. Top eLearning Tools for African Higher Education Greig Krull Cloud Computing in Higher Education Sunninghill, Johannesburg 28 August 2014
  • 2. Agenda Context Drivers and Constraints Key Trends and Challenges Technology Outlook Top Free Learning Tools Principles for Success Discussion
  • 3. Context: Motivation and Constraints Take a quick poll: What motivates and constrains you?
  • 4. Trends and Challenges
  • 5. Global Trends and Challenges The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Growing Usage of Social Media Integration of Online, Blended & Collaborative Learning Expanding Access Low Digital Fluency of Staff Keeping Education Relevant
  • 6. Moving to the cloud? Image: Vanguard Visions [CC-BY] Driven by end of useful life of current solutions Hosted vs buying hardware & maintenance & support Monthly cost vs time to achieve ROI Stern (2014)
  • 7. Constraints for Cloud Computing in Africa Ghandi (2014) Rural areas still outside coverage areas Cost of access is high Energy still a problem Rapid internet access growth, but Comparatively low speeds Costly Mobile broadband readily adopted, but Lack of available local content
  • 8. Technology Outlook
  • 9. Educational Technology Stack Adapted from Marquard (2013)
  • 10. Consumer Technologies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Digital Publishing Mobile Phones Tablets Wearable Technology 3D Printing Social Media
  • 11. Internet Technologies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Cloud Computing Internet of Things Quantifiable Self
  • 12. Digital Strategies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Flipped Classrooms Gamification Digital Identity Digital Storytelling
  • 13. Learning Technologies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Badges Learning Analytics Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • 14. What are your top learning tools? Take a quick poll: What is your TOP learning tool?
  • 15. Top 20 Tools for Learning in 2013 2013 Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • 16. Top 20 Tools for Learning in 2013 2013 Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies Need for Internet Access Use of Non- Educational Apps Rise of Social Media Open Technologies
  • 17. Free and Open Source Software Strandberg [CC-BY-SA] Lower-cost technology options Able to use and/or modify the code
  • 18. Free and Open Learning Tools Watson (2014) Benefits Free Familiar Easy to Use Automatic upgrades Drawbacks Lack of integration Record of data Lack of institutional support Privacy Concerns
  • 19. Platforms Content Curation Polls / Quizzes Collabora- tion Blog & Microblog Social Networks Multi- media Sharing Virtual Meeting Rooms Free / Open Source Learning Tools Adapted from: Cavazza, Social Media Landscape [CC-BY-NC-SA]
  • 20. 1. Virtual Learning Environment: Moodle Access to resources Submit assignments Discussion forums Tracking & reporting Alternates: Sakai, Canvas, Edmodo, ClassroomImage: Unknown (PD)
  • 21. 2. Blogging: Twitter Keep up to date Share links / resources Communicate Feedback Alternates: Blogger, Wordpress Image: Search Engine People Blog (CC-BY)
  • 22. 3. Social Network: Facebook Create groups Join groups Interact Share links & resources Alternates: Google+ Image: Simon (PD)
  • 23. 4. Multimedia: YouTube Watch how-to videos Create own tutorials Alternates: Vimeo, Slideshare, Soundcloud, Flickr Image: Schfchen (CC-BY-SA)
  • 24. 5. Virtual Meeting: Skype Live meetings Presentations Screensharing Alternates: Google Hangouts, Zoom Image: Jones(CC-BY)
  • 25. 6. Collaboration: Google Drive Share documents Collaborate Create forms Alternates: Dropbox
  • 26. 7. Curation: Scoop It Bookmark sites or articles Categorise information Share Alternates: Diigo, Delicious Image: Coelho (CC-BY)
  • 27. Principles for Success
  • 28. Do you have a plan or strategy for using learning technologies in your learning? Fryer (CC-BY)
  • 29. Academics - Where to start? Start slowly Select tools best aligned to outcomes & activities Become familiar with the tools before use Allocate sufficient time to orient students Provide ongoing support Watson (2014)
  • 30. ICT Infra- structure & applications Connectivity / Internet Access Programme & Course Develop (Open) Licencing of Resources Capacity Building Quality Assurance Change Manage- ment Leadership areas to address In alignment with: Vision / Mission Strategic Plan
  • 31. Quiz: Best Learning Tools Test your knowledge in a quick online quiz
  • 32. Thank you greigk_za Greig Krull Discussion This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
  • 33. References Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (2013) Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 DHET (2014) White Paper for Post-School Education and Training. Ghandi, E (2014) ICTs, public access and the African Internet Governance Forum. Association for Progressive Communications. Isaacs, S and Hollow, D (eds) (2013) The eLearning Africa 2013 Report, ICWE: Germany. Johnson, L, Ada


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