Growing Educational use of Technology in a Fast Changing Environment

Paper presented at Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP)
May 30 to June 3, 2011 in Stellenbosch, South Africa
By Laura Czerniewicz and Tony Carr (Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town)

This paper was presented at the Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) (30 May to June 3, 2011) in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  It looks at the changing environment of education, the use of technology in this discipline and UCT’s and Centre for Educational Technology’s (CET) response.  African Universities face challenges in educating increasing numbers of very diverse students and responding to a changing knowledge economy. Important elements in CET’s successes include project institutional support, external funding, pedagogical integration, ongoing staff development, grants supporting educator innovation, strong focus on use of educational technology research, postgraduate courses in ICTs in education and network development within UCT and beyond. The Afropolitan strategic direction of UCT promotes an interest in addressing inequality in education and work across the university sector in Africa.