Multidisciplinary Conversations on Successes and Challenges of E-Learning

Tabitha Rangara-Omol


E learning is technology driven and has contributed to differing perceptions of what it can or cannot do. There is ongoing debate in its exact impact on the present and future of education systems. Some practitioners express satisfaction in its gains, while others feel that there is perpetual failure within most E learning projects. This paper is based on an analysis of information contributed by E learning practitioners on an online discussion forum. The study design is qualitative using narrative methods. The objective of this study was to discuss what practitioners perceive as failures and possible recommendations for best practice, thereby contribute to the discourse of E learning projects/courses. Twelve (12) members from eight (8) countries; Africa, Finland, Kuwait, United Kingdom and Australia participated. Contributions were informed by members’ professional backgrounds demonstrating diversity, proportion and scale of capacities/experiences in E learning. The format mirrored that of a focus group discussion with the initiator acting as the moderator. For three (3) weeks members conducted discussions with each logging their contributions into the forum. Results illustrated the need for continued global discussions to benchmark and improve E learning courses.

Key Words: E learning, E learning practices, distance education, ICT, ICT users, universities.

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