Adoption and use of E-learning at Tertiary Level in South Africa: A Qualitative Analysis
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Chigona, A. & Dagada, R. (2011). Adoption and use of E-learning at Tertiary Level in South Africa: A Qualitative Analysis. In S. Barton et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn 2011 (pp. 93-101). AACE.
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While e-learning platforms are today available in many tertiary institutions in South Africa, the adoption of the technology by lecturers is still low. Although many lecturers may be familiar with technology in general, they still may not be able to integrate newer technologies like e-learning into their course delivery. This paper aims at evaluating factors that influence the adoption and use of e-learning by lectures at tertiary level. The study used a qualitative research approach. Data were collected through thirty face-to-face in-depth interviews with purposively selected lecturers from Witwatersrand University. The results of the study shows that adoption of e-learning platform at tertiary level could be affected by instructors’ computer self-efficacy which influences perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and perceived credibility of the technology. Therefore there is need for more intervention to instil fundamentals into the instructors for effective e-learning adoption and use.
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