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Student Engagement in Online Teaching in South African Higher Education

Student Engagement in Online Teaching in South African Higher Education
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Author(s): Nkholedzeni Sidney Netshakhuma (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 21
Source title: Online Distance Learning Course Design and Multimedia in E-Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ana Paula Lopes (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal) and Filomena Soares (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9706-4.ch003


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This study assesses student engagement in an online teaching platform at South African universities. Online teaching and learning have expanded drastically in South Africa during the outbreak of COVID-19 despite few universities offering online teaching before the pandemic. The author found that most historically Black universities were affected mostly to offer online teaching and learning. This is because they lack access to social media platforms and information communication technology. While students from historical white universities enjoy access to data to conduct online teaching and learning, most students were discouraged to continue online teaching and learning because they felt isolated and fewer resources were allocated to online teaching activities. This chapter recommends the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa bridge the gap between rural and urban students by ensuring that all students are allocated data in order to embark on school assessments and homework.

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