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E‐learning: a nutrition and HIV/AIDS information tool

Leonie Steyn (Institute of Curriculum and Learning Development, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)
Johannes C. Cronjé (Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa)
Theo J.D. Bothma (Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 6 July 2008




This paper aims to examine how e‐learning can add value to a postgraduate distance learning course using a combination of media for teaching and learning in the field of nutrition and HIV and AIDS.


Data were gathered through the survey method using questionnaires, group discussions and interviews. Descriptive quantitative statistics supported by qualitative techniques were used to gather data.


Findings from this research indicate that implementing e‐learning as a mode of teaching and learning (provided that it is properly implemented and presented) can add value to an outcomes‐based, distance learning course. E‐learning provides: support for a paper‐based, distance learning course in nutrition and HIV and AIDS; students with access to information and knowledge about the basic concepts of nutrition and HIV and AIDS; an alternative and interactive learning experience while encouraging self‐directed explorative knowledge formation; and a means to develop critical thinking skills and methods of communication needed for independent, lifelong learning.

Practical implications

The selected instructional media can be applied successfully to adult and distance learning in the field of HIV and AIDS as well as nutrition.


The paper shares findings on the integration of e‐learning into a HIV and AIDS nutrition course (for non‐medical students), offered in an African context through open distance learning and demonstrates how the course addresses student profile and limited resources.



Steyn, L., Cronjé, J.C. and Bothma, T.J.D. (2008), "E‐learning: a nutrition and HIV/AIDS information tool", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 60 No. 4, pp. 364-382.



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