14 November 2012

Namibia: Local Tertiary Institutions Behind in E-Learning

Windhoek — Namibian tertiary institutions need to improve the way they communicate and market curriculums, as well as educational programmes using available information and communication technologies for virtual learning through the Internet.

Speaking at the Namibia-Finland business seminar held in the capital last week, Dr Patti Swarts, development manager at the UN's Global E-School and Communities Initiative in Namibia said in a sense it is very difficult to find out through websites what institutions, such as the University of Namibia, are doing in terms of e-learning activities.

"It is particularly difficult if you are not marketing what you are doing - people out there will never know what is happening, then they cannot give you credit for what you are doing. And with E-Learning Africa coming up we really need to improve in that," said Swarts.

She said people in remote areas also have learning needs and also want to access quality and up-to-date materials for personal skills development.

"We need to communicate what is happening because there are small pockets of excellence of very good things happening in term of e-learning development, products, service and provision, but it is not made known, it is not communicated to the people out there, so really institutions need to improve this," noted Swarts.

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