Professional Development Programme in the Use of Educational Technology to Implement Technology-Enhanced Courses Successfully

Sibongile Simelane (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 110
EISBN13: 9781609602239|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-751-0.ch006
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Universities globally have realised that they need to educate instructors, lecturers and teachers in how to integrate technology into education. Some higher education institutions have already introduced professional development programmes in educational technology to ensure that technology will be effectively utilised, which in turn will enhance the quality of their educational practices. In this chapter, a case study of the implementation component of the e-TUTO programme will be discussed in depth with the findings from the participants who participated in the programme during June 2005 to June 2006. An overview of professional development programme in the use of educational technology to assist lecturers to implement technology-enhanced courses successfully is presented, as well as an overly demanding e-TUTO programme, which might hinder the successful implementation of a technology-enhanced course. The professional development programme should empower faculty members to utilise and integrate technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
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