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Making learning and Web 2.0 technologies work for higher learning institutions in Africa

Edda Lwoga (Directorate of Library Services, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Article publication date: 23 March 2012

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to assess the extent to which learning and Web 2.0 technologies are utilised to support learning and teaching in Africa's higher learning institutions, with a specific focus on Tanzania's public universities.

Design/methodology/approach

A combination of content analysis and semi‐structured interviews was used to collect data. Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with ICT personnel from six of the eight public universities in Tanzania in 2011.

Findings

The study found that the adoption of e‐learning and Web 2.0 technologies is still in its infancy in Tanzania's public universities. However, there was much enthusiasm amongst respondents for developing the potential of e‐learning and Web 2.0 tools in their universities.

Practical implications

The study seeks to promote academic inquiry about the need for innovative Web 2.0 technologies in learning and teaching and the adoption of these emerging technologies in Africa's higher learning institutions.

Originality/value

The study provides empirical findings on the use of e‐learning and Web 2.0 for higher education, specifically in the Tanzanian context. The study provides a basis for further research on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in higher education.

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Citation

Lwoga, E. (2012), "Making learning and Web 2.0 technologies work for higher learning institutions in Africa", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 90-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650741211212359

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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