Transforming social structure with ICT in research capacity building at a multicultural university of technology

ID: 39773 Type: Virtual Brief Paper
  1. Dee Pratt, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Abstract: This paper explores the process of transforming the social structure of the teaching/learning process in a series of research capacity building workshops at a multicultural university of technology. ICT components were included in the workshop programme to help to deal with time constraints and the geographical separation of the multi-campus university staff. At a deeper conceptual level, the theory of social structure contained in Margaret Archer’s morphogenetic approach shows how the integration of ICT into the programme design has the potential to transform the system of relationships involved in research capacity building.

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