Salient e-learning with web applications: the case of the faculty of ICT in a South African university
Abstract: The use of e-learning systems in institutions and corporate organizations is increasing rapidly. However, much attention is being devoted to the use of ready-made LMS like Blackboard for e-learning. In most cases, the LMSs cost much and need to be customized to specific organizations. On the other hand, much learning can still be achieved with in-house developed web applications. This article presents the results of an action research on salient e-learning with the use of web applications development at Tshwane University of Technology to emphasize the impact of incorporating guiding principles for enhancing learning using in-house web applications development. These guiding principles include the provision of up-to-date relevant information, inclusion of multimedia components, facilitating culture of acknowledgement and appreciation, inclusion of repository of knowledge, facilitating culture of knowledge sharing and transferring knowledge, mentoring etc. Challenges encountered in the development and implementation of the web applications are also discussed.
Presider: Pasquina Campanella, University of Bari