The use of computer as an instructional technology : internet as an instrument in the teaching and learning process in tertiary institutions (North West Province of R.S.A.)
Elisha, Mohumi Dorothy
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The use of computer as an instructional technology: Internet as an instrument in the teaching and learning process in tertiary institutions in the North West Province of R.S.A. was surveyed to identify and reveal problems encountered by lecturers and students with regard to the use of computer as an instructional technology in the teaching and learning process. The main focus of the study was on the following areas, firstly, to find out whether tertiary institutions such as UNW, TNW, Technikon RSA, Mafikeng College and Vaal Triangle Technikon have enough computers with internet connections. Secondly, to find out whether the sampled institutions UNW and Vaal Triangle Technikon have enough computers to adequately provide students with computer skills. Thirdly, whether all the lecturers are computer literate. Fourthly, to find out whether there are adequate resources to assist students without prior computer knowledge in order to cope with the information technology age. Lastly, whether students are prepared to accept changes brought by computer technology. The investigation involved two tertiary institutions, that is, Vaal Triangle Technikon in Klerksdorp area and UNW in the Mafikeng district. Questionnaires were used for data collection in this study. Data were. collected and analyzed. The study found out that there were not enough resources to cater for students to cope with information on technology as it is upgraded on frequent basis. And that most of the students agreed that they are prepared to accept changes brought by the computers as it would prepare them to face working environment. Conclusions drawn from the study revealed that there is a serious problem lecturers and students face regarding shortage of computers (See Table 11 & 12). And that most of the lecturers have computer experience but are not provided with enough computers to provide students with computer skills.
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