This book critically examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated digital innovation within higher education using case studies from Africa. Imagining a future for post-pandemic higher education, it analyses the challenges and opportunities of remote teaching and learning.
The book explores the structural barriers around access to higher education and how these were reconfigured and amplified by technology-dependent teaching and learning. Case studies from countries across Africa provide unique insights into the challenges experienced by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) during the COVID-19 pandemic, examining examples of emergent pedagogies such as online, mobile and social media-enhanced teaching, and blended learning. The chapters consider online assessment and teacher professional development, critically examining some of the benefits and structural challenges of digital technology integration in the context of pre-existing education disparities (such as students and teachers living in poverty-stricken and highly unequal societies).
Offering invaluable insights into higher education in Africa, the book will be essential reading for researchers, scholars, and students in the fields of higher education study, digital education and educational technology, and African and comparative education. It will also be of interest to higher education managers and policymakers.
1. Harnessing the technological dividends in African higher education institutions during and post-COVID-19 pandemic Admire Mare, Erisher Woyo, and Elina M. Amadhila PART I: Emerging Platforms and Practices in Online Teaching and Learning 2. Digital technologies and remote teaching during COVID-19 pandemic in African higher education institutions Dandison Ukpabi, Richard O. Agjei, Nyabisi Mengo, and David Lekpa Kingdom 3. Social constructivism and participative learning beyond the traditional classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Kenyan case study Anne Munuku, Jacqueline Ojiambo, and Asena James Muganda 4. E-learning implementation challenges in universities during COVID-19 pandemic: A lecturers’ perspective Mufaro Dzingirai, Favourate Y Sebele-Mpofu, and Precious Kandufa PART II: Formative and Summative Assessments in the "New Normal" 5. Rethinking students’ assessments in higher education during and post-COVID-19 Abigail R Benhura, Hellen Venganai, Faith Zengeni, and Musline Munodawafa 6. Assessment in higher education in Ghana amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Charting the challenges and paradoxes John Sedofia and Ernest Ampadu 7. Effectiveness of online assessments in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic: Nursing students’ reflections in Namibia Nestor Tomas, Takaedza Munangatire, and Saara Ndinelago Iihuhua 8. COVID-19 and e-assessments in Ghanaian higher education institutions: The case of journalism education Gifty Appiah-Adjei PART III: Learning Management Systems and Policies 9. Adoption of teaching and learning technologies during COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives of educators at a Science and Technology University Martha Ndeutala Hauala, Clayton Peel, and Godwin Kaisara 10. Equitable e-Learning in Tanzania’s higher education institutions beyond the COVID-19 pandemic Majiyd Hamis Suru and Rose Ephraim Matete 11. Integrating complementary learning tools in Moodle as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey of lecturers’ and students’ experiences and perceptions Titus Haiduwa, Maria Ndapewa Ntinda, Victoria Hasheela-Mufeti, and Elizabeth Ndeukumwa Ngololo PART IV: ‘Leave No One Behind’: Human Capacity Building 12. COVID-19, Webinars and human capital development among academics in higher education institutions Stephen Oyebode Oyetoro 13. Students’ online learning competencies in higher education institutions in Namibia Adetunji Anthony Adeyanju, Blessing Tafirenyika, Ruth Eegunjobi, Kandjungu Gerson Kampungu, and Joel Muzanima 14. Teacher development for online teaching in African universities: A proposed model Amanda Forbes PART V: Socio-economic, Political, and Technological Constraints 15. COVID-19 and the structural inequalities in South Africa’s higher education: A case study of Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s journalism programme Trust Matsilele and Sisanda Nkoala 16. Online learning on the African continent during the COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges and opportunities Joy E. Akahome and Sunny E. Ekakitie 17. Revising the shocks and aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education in Africa: Implications for the future Hatikanganwi Mapudzi and Christopher Chikandiwa