Design-reality gap assessment of an international distance education initiative

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dc.contributor.author Blignaut, Anita Seugnet
dc.contributor.author Kok, Illasha
dc.contributor.author Conradie, D.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-29T09:34:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-29T09:34:03Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Conradie, D.P. et al. 2011. Design-reality gap assessment of an international distance education initiative. Progressio: South African journal for open and distance learning, 33(1):208-226. [http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=7388] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0256-8853
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7799
dc.description.abstract This article assesses a recently completed discontinued internationally funded e-education initiative at a South African higher education institution (HEI). The e-Learning Initiative in South Africa (Elisa) project was a collaborative venture between a prestigious university in the United States (US) and a South African HEI, which unexpectedly had its funding withdrawn after a seemingly successful first delivery. Unfortunately, many information and communications technology (ICT)-related developmental interventions in developing countries fail. Heeks' (2003) ITPOSMO model distinguishes three types of design-reality gaps that increase the risk of failure on seven dimensions. This model was used to address, from a community informatics perspective, the research question: What factors contributed to the discontinuation of the initiative? Findings are presented as design-reality gaps on the seven dimensions. Different role-players had different perceptions of what such gaps constitute. Conclusions consider factors such as the restructuring at HEIs and the source of funding as crucial indicators of success in e-education projects, assessment by lecturers, mentor teachers, peers and the students themselves. The findings are significant to improve tutorial matter, provide guidelines for assessment and coordinate a platform for partnerships between the different role players regarding this issue. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Unisa Press en_US
dc.title Design-reality gap assessment of an international distance education initiative en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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