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Issues of Adoption: Have E-Learning Management Systems Fulfilled their Potential in Developing Countries?

Ssekakubo, Grace, Hussein Suleman and Gary Marsden (2011) Issues of Adoption: Have E-Learning Management Systems Fulfilled their Potential in Developing Countries?. In Proceedings SAICSIT 2011, pages 231-238, South Africa.

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Abstract

Despite the potential of learning management systems to support both blended learning and learning that is entirely delivered online, the majority of LMS-supported e-learning initiatives in developing countries do not fulfill their potential; they fail, either totally or partially. To identify the underlying causes of failure, a survey was conducted through interviews with key e-learning p ersonalities directly involved in e-learning initiatives in five universities in Africa. Some of the most probable causes of failure were identified as: high ICT illiteracy rates among the student community; low comfort levels with technology ; usability issues of learning management systems; poor marketing strategies; ineffective maintenance st rat egies and insufficient user/t echnical sup p ort . T he dimensions of these causes of failure are discussed, as are the probable interventions likely to avert some of them. The findings are intended to inform further research towards more successful dep loy ment of learning management systems in developing countries.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
ID Code:712
Deposited By:Marsden, Gary
Deposited On:18 November 2011