Planning a Quality Education System: Using Technology to Increase Access to University Education

C. W. S. Sukati (University of Swaziland, Swaziland)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 86
EISBN13: 9781609602413|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-779-4.ch004
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Responding to the social, technological, economic and political (STEP) environmental factors, UNISWA established the Institute of Distance Education (IDE) in 1994 to increase access to university education by offering its programmes using the distance education delivery mode. The success achieved by this intervention has led to a number of problems and challenges that now confront the Institute which work against the realization of its goals. An evaluation of these challenges points to the urgent need to use new ICTs in the delivery of content. Doing this, would enable the institution to increase its enrolments at a lower cost per enrolled student. It would further lead to the blurring of the boundaries between the conventional university and the IDE. This chapter argues for the use of online learning, and the need for a new strategic plan for the university.
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