eLearning Africa 2013 survey to monitor influence of new technologies on Africa’s learning landscape

by Wallace Mawire

A recently launched  eLearning Africa 2013 Survey will monitor African opinion on how the Continent’s learning landscape is changing under the influence of new technologies, according to ICWE Press Service department.

Under the overarching theme of ‘Mobility and the MDGs in Africa beyond 2015’, the major pan-African survey will form the foundation of The eLearning Africa 2013 Report, which will be launched at the eLearning Africa 2013 conference in Windhoek, Namibia, from May 29th – 31st 2013.

Building on the key findings ofThe eLearning Africa 2012 Report, the 2013 Report will analyse the integration of learning technologies in Africa, explore the development of locally-produced digital content and examine the challenges and opportunities that are shaping Africa’s eLearning sector.

Launched by Benin’s Minister of Communication and ICT Max Ahouêkê at the eLearning Africa 2012 conference, The eLearning Africa 2012 Report found that the main factor constraining the African eLearning sector is lack of bandwidth, the most important change agent is the government, and the main motivation for using ICT is to improve the quality of teaching.

The eLearning Africa 2013 Report will measure progress in these areas and engage with new ways of approaching Africa’s systemic developmental challenges and priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

Shafika Isaacs, the editor of the Report and eLearning Africa Programme Director says:

“There remains a significant knowledge gap in consolidating the African experience of ICT for Development from an African perspective.  This report will document the views and insights of African researchers, policymakers and experts on Africa’s experience with eLearning. It will provide authoritative analysis and critical reflection on emerging technology trends and their role, influence and value for human development in Africa.”

ICWE says all those involved with learning technologies in Africa are encouraged to take part. The Survey is open until 20thFebruary 2013and can be completed online at http://survey.icwe.info or a PDF copy requested by contacting elareport@icwe.info.All those who submit their completed Survey before the deadline will be entered into a prize draw and stand the chance of winning a tablet. For more informationortodownload a free copy of last year’s Report, please visit http://www.elearning-africa.com/media_library_publications_ela_report_2013.php.

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