Purpose of the Society and Network for Technology in Education through Collaboration (SANTEC)
The purpose of SANTEC is to be an enabling network of educational technology practitioners with an interest in developing environments. The aim of SANTEC is to be a community of practice that facilitates and supports collaborative ventures and effects synergies amongst members.
SANTEC draws together individuals, institutes of higher education, private sector organisations and other institutions as a community of practice in an ultimately financially sustainable programme of research, training and professional services in educational technology thereby creating regional connections and effecting synergies among members.
The rationale behind SANTEC
There is a great need now for cooperation and collaboration among educational technology practitioners
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 using cutting edge educational technology in developing countries in the last decade.
3. There is an increasing acceptance of the imperatives for the involvement of developing countries in modern educational technologies. 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 educational technologists in many developing environments.
5. There are certain differentiating factors and issues in developing environments that calls for contextualised approaches.
6. Educational Technology is a dynamic and fast growing field making it difficult for individuals and institutions to keep abreast of all developments.
7. There is a growing need to develop upcoming educational technologists through proper, contextualised education and training programmes in the region and in other developing environments.