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Research on penetration and usage patterns of Open Source LMS in Higher Education in Southern Africa

 
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Research on penetration and usage patterns of Open Source LMS in Higher Education in Southern Africa
 

Dear all,

Realizing that this thread is several years old, I still believe that the topic is highly interesting & relevant, that's why I'll try to re-vive it.

I am currently working on a research on penetration and usage patterns of Open Source LMS in Higher Education in Southern Africa, and I would be very happy to get in touch with basically anbody who relates to that subject. The region I am particularly focussing on (due to the restriction I had to indicate in my research proposal) includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe - but of course I am more than interested in an exchange with people from other parts of Africa too.

I'd be very happy to hear from you, you can also get in touch with me via sophie@sophielenz.eu

Cheers from Austria!

Sophie

 
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I have been following a few African stories on LMS usage: 


Try Dorian Love from South Africa http://learn.moodle.net/user/view.php?id=490&course=2

http://moodle.roedeanschool.co.za/moodle/


Open University from Tanzania: http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet28/nihuka.pdf


And Chris Dreyer http://learn.moodle.net/user/profile.php?id=2189

Natalie

 
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Moodle (with a link to Turnitin) is up and running at University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.  We recently upgraded to version 2.6 after three years negotiating the learning curve with 1.9.

I am a contract lecturer and not sure how widely it is used but Moodle allows me to do most of my lecture planning and course administration from off-campus, not constrained by office hours.

My students are mostly in their 4th year of study for a professionally accredited Honours level degree in Civil Engineering and find Moodle useful for collaborating on Group assignments.  The forums are particularly useful, promoting constructive discussion at a level that I would struggle to coordinate and administer on other platforms.

I have a two week access to 3rd year students whom I initiate with a Group assignment and anonymous peer evaluation of the relative performance of each member of their Group through a Questionnaire.

Other uses are predominantly file sharing and messaging.

Malcolm


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Hi, Sophie.

The 2013 Moodle Research Conference was held in Tunisia. You can see the papers from that conference online.

There was one paper specifically about the use of Moodle in Africa that discussed the constraints of infrastructure on the continent. It was titled Can Moodle be used as a tool to educate the masses in Africa? and you can download a copy of the paper from that link.

 
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