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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 12, No. 1 (2016) open journal systems 


Investigating the available ICT infrastructure for collaborative web technologies in a blended learning in Tanzania: A mixed methods research

John Marco Pima, Institute of Accountancy Arusha, Tanzania
Michael Odetayo, Coventry University, UK
Rahat Iqbal, Coventry University, UK
Eliamani Sedoyeka, Institute of Finance Management, Tanzania


Abstract
This paper is about an investigation that sought to assess the available ICT infrastructure capable of supporting Collaborative Web Technologies (CWTs) in a Blended Learning environment in Tanzanian Higher Education Institutions. A Mixed Methods Research was adopted in which we first used questionnaires to collect information about available ICT infrastructure from a sample of 1,068 respondents in six different higher institutions in Tanzania. The sample was made up of students, academic and ICT staff in these institutions. Interviews were then used to either clarify some points from the completed questionnaires or to seek in-depth information. Data were also collected from observations and review of documents from the Government of Tanzania. We present the results of our investigation, which suggest strongly the availability of good and growing ICT infrastructure capable of supporting the use of CWTs BL in HEIs in Tanzania.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556