The Influence of Covid-19 on Students’ Learning: Access and Participation in Higher Education in Southern Africa

Resource type
Journal Article
Authors/contributors
Title
The Influence of Covid-19 on Students’ Learning: Access and Participation in Higher Education in Southern Africa
Abstract
Recent experiences of institutions in COVID 19 have heightened the need for research on its impact on higher education institutions globally.  This article’s authors are from higher learning institutions in Botswana, South Africa and Zambia, which used a blended learning model before COVID 19.  The majority of their students used the traditional part of blended learning, depending on the print, postal service, and face-to-face.  These students’ access and participation in learning during COVID 19 were negatively affected. Using Digital Equity as a framework, this paper explores the influence of COVID 19 on students’ access and participation in online learning.  There seem to be significant disparities in access and participation in high-quality technologies and severe educational inequities. This digital inequality impact calls for civic awareness in digital literacy among the citizenry if the gap between the rural and urban, have and have not digital immigrants and digital natives are to be bridged.
Publication
Journal of Learning for Development
Volume
8
Issue
3
Pages
501-515
Date
2021-11-18
Language
en
ISSN
2311-1550
Short Title
The Influence of Covid-19 on Students’ Learning
Accessed
05/04/2022, 12:26
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Rights
Copyright (c) 2021 Ramashego Mphahlele, Mmabaledi Seeletso, Gistered Muleya, Francis Simui
Extra
Number: 3
Citation
Mphahlele, R., Seeletso, M., Muleya, G., & Simui, F. (2021). The Influence of Covid-19 on Students’ Learning: Access and Participation in Higher Education in Southern Africa. Journal of Learning for Development, 8(3), 501–515. https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/515