Implementing e-Learning at the University of Botswana: the Practitioner's Perspective
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration Volume 14, Number 2, ISSN 1556-3847
The University of Botswana (UB) is undergoing transformative changes in response to internal and external influences in higher education. These include attempts to transition towards institution-wide deployment of on-line learning strategies to enhance the educational experience. An external review consultancy commissioned in 2007, recommended that, "the university involvement in distance learning should be confined to online learning programs..." In response, UB embarked on the Masters in Project Management. Unfortunately, due to a "top-bottom" approach, the pilot failed. Additionally, there was lack of a comprehensive institutional strategy based on shared vision; the absence of situational analysis of the environment to assess the viability of the project in terms of resources; facilitator attitudes and user preparedness. LASO (the leadership, academic and student ownership and readiness) model would have been suited for this endeavour because it integrates top-bottom and bottom-up initiatives where leadership incorporates with academic. (Contains 2 tables.)
Masalela, R.K. (2011). Implementing e-Learning at the University of Botswana: the Practitioner's Perspective. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 14(2),.