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IODL present its 5th lecture in the ODL occasional lecture series

In concluding one of the objectives contained in the 2010 IOP, that is, to develop strategy to foreground ODL practice at UNISA, IODL organized the fifth lecture in the ODL occasional lecture series on 7th October, 2010 at the Senate Hall of the main campus of UNISA.

Dr. Charles Juwah from the Robert Gordon University, UK, was the guest speaker who made a presentation on “The Impact of Technology on Distance Education:  Implications for Developing Countries”.  Over 150 staff members across the academic, professional and administrative cadres at UNISA attended the stimulating lecture which focused on such issues as:

  • The shift in knowledge economy and the demands for the acquisition of high quality education;
  • Temporalities in time, speed and textuality;
  • Web 2.0 technologies and the pedagogies of the digital environment;
  • Skills set required to operate within the digital space and academic practice.

Dr. Juwah indicated in his lecture that some key benefits of technology in supporting the effective delivery of distance education included among others, the following:  access to expertise and content, convenience, cost effectiveness, helping to close the gap in the demand for education due to lack of capacity, resources and infrastructure in the mainstream provision of education and training in many of the developing countries.  He concluded with the implications of technology-enhanced distance education in developing countries with regard to:  investment in sustainable technologies to meet the cultural and educational needs of the people; synergies and efficiencies; leadership and preparation for educators of the 21st century; digital resources; trans-national education and finally the issue of quality enhancement among the ODL Institutions.

Some of the important dignitaries from among UNISA staff who officiated at the lecture included Dr. Marie Ferreira, the Executive Director of Corporate Communication and Marketing, who chaired the occasion and gave a welcome address on behalf of the Institution while Prof. Dele Braimoh, the UNESCO Chair of ODL and Director of the Institute for Open and Distance Learning, (IODL) gave an opening remarks.  Prof. Divya Singh, the Deputy Registrar at UNISA was the Programme Director and Dr. Azwy Tshivhase, the Director of the Directorate of Curriculum and Learning Development (DCLD) was the discussant of Dr. Juwah’s paper and Dr. Godfrey Netswera, Director of Research Administration, gave the vote of thanks on behalf of IODL.

Dr Godfrey Netswera,  Prof Dele Braimoh,  Dr Marié Ferreira, 
Dr Charles Juwah,  Prof Divya Singh and Dr Azwy Tshivhase