Use of ICTs in Education

Saide has developed a long track record and depth of expertise in the use of ICT in education since its inception. Its first major work in this area commenced when it was invited to join a Technology-Enhanced Learning Investigation by the South African Department of Education in 1994. This has led to a long and varied series of working relationships with the South African government, at both national and provincial levels, in supporting the development of policy frameworks and strategic plans on use of technology in education, as well as conducting policy research and evaluation projects. This relationship has also led to SAIDE supporting the development of Thutong, the Department’s National Education Portal, over the past five years.

Over the years, Saide has widened its initial focus on supporting policy development by providing a broad and diverse range of services in the field of educational technology. Amongst other activities, the organization has:

  • Supported the development of institutional policies and strategic plans, at various levels in the education system;
  • Conducted or participated in several seminal research projects in use of ICT in education in Africa;
  • Undertaken a variety of evaluations of different applications of ICT in education for government, institutional, donor, and corporate clients;
  • Supported or led projects focused on development of e-learning materials;
  • Run a variety of capacity-building initiatives – ranging from once-off workshops – to extended mentoring engagements – focused on different elements of the use of technology;
  • Managed several portal and database development projects for both local and international clients, including NADEOSA, UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Department of Education, and the International Association of Digital Publications (IADP), amongst others.

As a result of our extensive and varied experience in the field, the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) requested Saide to coordinate its investment programme into e-learning in African universities, a project which is facilitating investment of grants of $450,000 each in seven universities across Africa.