Using Open Source Software for Improving Dialog in Computer Science Education – Case Mozambique University

  • Nicholas B. Mavengere
  • Mikko J. Ruohonen
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 348)

Abstract

This paper highlights the essential matters in adopting technology as an aid to delivering education in higher education institutes in Africa. The key idea of the paper is how to use open source software for teaching and hence for improving interactivity between content, teachers and students i.e. how a well-selected open source software can foster learning processes. The paper also includes a case study in a Mozambican University to reveal a practical example on how technology has been used as an aid to education delivery. Availability of computer infrastructure, computer literacy, competent information technology staff, leadership support and collaboration and sharing culture are some of the identified issues important in using learning management systems (LMS) in African higher education institutes. The paper concludes by noting the need to fit the local environment and circumstances in adopting the use of technology in Africa.

Keywords

Learning Management Systems Open Source Software Higher Education Institutes Africa 

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© International Federation for Information Processing 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas B. Mavengere
    • 1
  • Mikko J. Ruohonen
    • 1
  1. 1.CIRCMI-Center for Research on Information, Customer and Innovation ManagementUniversity of TampereFinland

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