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Effective technology based learning pedagogical design Strategy: iLEARN model

Emmett Nguyen


Using digital multimedia, people are gaining flexible command of multiple ways to represent knowledge, simulate interactions, and express ideas, extending the reach of intelligence, altering the spectrum of civilized achievement, and lowering thresholds to cultural participation.

Empowerment Information and Communication Technologies for Women: Unfinished Agenda of South Africa

Bradley Sanders


The discourse about Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) has been branded as a fashionable, powerful and widespread strategy to align the emerging technologies to the global socio-economic imperatives and dynamics. In his address to the Growth and Development Summit, President Mbeki argues that “In crafting the Bill of Rights, the followers of our democracy knew too well that political rights without a socio-economic foundation would be unsustainable.

They knew that a political settlement without an enduring contract among the role-players for growth and development would in time collapse on a foundation of sand”.

The emergence and proliferation of ICTs lends itself into the category of the rights and challenges that the President alluded to. With globalization increasingly impacting on business and other sectors of the economy, the scope for competition is no longer limited by national boundaries. The emergence of the ICTs has significantly influenced the global discourse on social and economic development in many ways. In the first instance, the need for developing countries to optimize use of ICTs for sustainable socio-economic development has become a permanent agenda across the globe.

Secondly, given that women constitute a larger percentage of the global population, it is mandatory that they (women) should be empowered in ICTs so that they can play a decisive role in the creation of sustainable world economies. This paper discusses the challenges impeding women empowerment in ICTs. It concludes by identifying plausible strategies and approaches that can be pursued to fast-track capacity building and optimization of women participation in ICTs initiatives

Objects of learning: a practical definition

Myrtle Hart


As course developers gain experience and as the number of online resources grows, the importance and necessity of LOs and the metadata standards that support them becomes more apparent efficient learning using the ever-expanding multimedia resources of the Internet will require the creation of LOs and the metadata to describe them. From anything and everything to specific digital learning resources, the future of learning is inextricably linked to the development of quality LOs.

Online Learning Tips and Tricks: Like a professor!

Nancy Leonard


This paper summarizes some of the best ideas and practices gathered from successful online instructors and recent literature. Suggestions include good online class design, syllabus development, and online class facilitation offering hints for success for both new and experienced online instructors.

Keywords: online education, distance education, online teaching, online instructor, online faculty training