Improving Electronic Information Literacy in West African Higher Education

Improving Electronic Information Literacy in West African Higher Education

Ibrahima Poda (Miami University, USA) and William F. Brescia (University of Arkansas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch171
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Abstract

Electronic information literacy has gained increased importance with the advent of the new information and communication technologies which, driven by the convergence of computers and telecommunications media, are crucial for facilitating, supporting, and enhancing learning and for the knowledge-based economy of the future. In “Africa’s Information Society Initiative (AISI): An Action Framework to Build Africa’s Information and Communication Infrastructure,” African ICT experts appointed by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), have described the potential of the Internet to improve learning in higher education and established the foundation for this to become a reality in Sub-Saharan Africa. The AISI document that the group of experts produced was adopted by the ECA Conference of Ministers as the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) in 1996.

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