Exploring technology as enabler for sustainable teaching and learning during Covid-19 at a university in South Africa

Authors

  • Dr Nkhangweleni Patrick Mafenya University of Venda, South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18820/2519593X/pie.v40.i3.14

Keywords:

Connectivism, Coronavirus (Covid-19), Online learning, Pandemic, Sustainable development

Abstract

This paper discusses the use of technology as enabler for sustaining teaching and learning by reviewing various local and international publications. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in 2020, the Departments of Basic and Higher Education in South Africa ordered all institutions of learning to shut down and start using online education as a substitute for face-to-face teaching and learning processes. This sudden transition has without doubt caused an incredible amount of harm and disruption in our education system. In view of this, I am interested in exploring how a traditional, face-to-face university used technology effectively as a delivery tool to sustain teaching and learning during the Covid-19 crisis. The review conducted was aimed at answering the research questions: How can continuity of teaching and learning be strengthened during emergency situations such as that posed by the Covid-19 pandemic? Secondly, what were educators’ and students’ experiences and attitudes towards the use of technology as enabler for sustaining teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic? To answer the research questions, I conducted data searches with the help of librarians and other international primary search source indexes such as ProQuest, EBSCOhost, Educational Resource Information Centre (ERIC), Google Scholar, SAGE and Academic Search Premier. A total of 85 empirical papers were reviewed and analysed so that an aggregated understanding of using technology as enabler could be established. The results of this systematic document review revealed that technology has the potential to provide immediate feedback, improve workloads and access to education, thus making it an agent of sustainability. In addition, the review conducted revealed that Covid-19 reinforced the importance of technology and virtual learning in education.

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Published

2022-09-30

How to Cite

Mafenya, N. P. (2022). Exploring technology as enabler for sustainable teaching and learning during Covid-19 at a university in South Africa. Perspectives in Education, 40(3), 212-223. https://doi.org/10.18820/2519593X/pie.v40.i3.14