There is a great need now for cooperation and collaboration among educational technology and eLearning practitioners in SADC and beyond
1. International funding bodies increasingly prefer to fund projects of networks rather than individual institutional projects; SANTEC will be a recognised and trusted funding intermediate.
2. There has been a growing interest and various attempts towards eLearning in SADC member states in the last decade.
3. There is an increasing acceptance of the imperatives for the region’s involvement in eLearning. These imperatives include
- To prepare students for effective participation in the workplace and the wider, global information society
- To use the connectivity of eLearning to establish collegial networks, create new learning & research communities nationally, regionally, continentally and internationally
- To leapfrog across the digital divide
- To use ICT to increase the success rate and quality of learning of students
- To bridge geographical distances more effectively.
4. There are a limited number of eLearning professionals and educational technologists in SADC and other developing environments.
5. There are certain differentiating factors and issues in the SADC region and similar developing environments that calls for contextualised approaches.
6. Educational Technology and eLearning are dynamic and fast growing fields making it difficult for individuals and institutions to keep abreast of all developments.
7. SADC has been created to stimulate collaboration, not competition. SADC countries and other similar developing environments need to collaborate in these fields.
8. There is a growing need to develop upcoming educational technologists and eLearning professionals through proper, contextualised education and training programmes in the region and in other developing environments.