Course Summary

This course was designed primarily to facilitate and enhance students' understanding of the role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education. In the first unit, we deliberated the means to appreciate the purpose of ICT in our daily lives such as Internet banking, e-commerce and professional development courses facilitated by the Internet. We also looked at the influence of technology in curriculum planning, innovation in instruction and the opportunities they present for research and development in education.

In the second unit, we analysed the theoretical basis of learning designs in which we focused on the various theories, approaches, principles and domains in bringing about conducive learning environments. In this effect, we also scrutinised the means technology provides in encouraging and sustaining meaningful interactions among students and instructors through the various representations of computer-mediated instructions. The unit ended with discussion on some of the challenges associated with the utilisation of ICT in teacher training and professional development.

In the third unit, we explored how the exponential growth of ICT resulted in improved hardware and software such as the microprocessor which claimed tremendous success in enhancing the likelihood of using ICT as a tool for leaning resources. Following this, we discussed some potential benefits and challenges associated with the use of ICT as learning resources in the teaching and learning process.

In the fourth unit, we reflected further on the use of ICT as a visualisation tool to augment the delivery of instruction in various fields of humanities, in the teaching of mathematics and in the teaching of science and technology. Subsequently, we delved into the potential of educational games for purposes of teaching and learning.

In the final unit of the course, discussion was channelled towards issues surrounding the planning and implementation of ICT policies. In reference to these issues, we had the opportunity to study a number of concerns such as the role of diversity in inclusion, utilisation of ICT to access learners in remote areas, and emerging trends in education.

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License