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Title: Developing eLearning champions: a design thinking approach
Authors: Gachago, Daniela 
Morkel, Jolanda 
Hitge, Liza 
van Zyl, Izak 
Ivala, Eunice 
Keywords: Design thinking;Design thinking mindset;eLearning champions;Academic staff development;South Africa
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: SpringerOpen
Journal: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 
Abstract: Against the backdrop of a complex Higher Education (HE) landscape, particularly in a developing country context where the relevance of current HE structures is questioned through student protests, and decolonisation of education practices is called for, traditional thinking is losing ground. This study focuses on lecturers identified as eLearning champions, who display shared dispositions that mirror what the literature terms a ‘design thinking mindset’, such as collaboration, empathy for the learner and problem orientation. We argue that promoting this mindset in academic staff development interventions around the use of technology in teaching and learning could support more academics to innovate their practices. Recommendations for how findings of this study may inform the design of such learning interventions conclude the paper.
ISSN: 2365-9440
Appears in Collections:Edu - Journal Articles (DHET subsidised)

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