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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 1, No. 2 (2005) open journal systems 


Changing the landscape of learning: The impact of institutional mergers on blended learning provision in South African higher education

Andrew Paterson, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa


Abstract
This article analyses the implications of institutional mergers for information systems development and in particular for the provision of blended and collaborative learning in the South African higher education system. The analysis is undertaken with particular reference to the new institutional shape as envisaged in the higher education merger plan, and with reference to the characteristics of current higher education information systems. This article will draw attention to the key decisions and challenges that can influence the outcome of information systems integration in higher education mergers. Particular emphasis is given to the access, equity, competition and cost outcomes of planning, and implementing online blended and collaborative curriculum modalities in the context of institutional mergers.


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