INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ACCESS FOR PRACTICALS AMONG SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS IN AN OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING UNIVERSITY

  • Boitumelo Joyce Mohapi University of South Africa
  • Caroline Agboola Unisa
  • Simon Kang’ethe University of Fort Hare
Keywords: access for practicals, information and communications technology (ICT), open distance learning, practical work assessment, social work, social work students

Abstract

This study utilised a non-experimental, quantitative research design to describe the ICT experiences of fourth-year Social Work students of the University of South Africa. Non-probability purposive sampling was used to select a sample of 317 students for the study. A questionnaire was used as a data-collection instrument and the data collected were analysed using SPSS. The study’s findings indicated that the majority of the students (83.5%) have access to computers, but some of them could not access the internet because of inadequate knowledge of computer usage, lack of financial resources to buy a laptop, and the cost of commuting to a computer centre.

Author Biographies

Boitumelo Joyce Mohapi, University of South Africa
Department of Social Work
Caroline Agboola, Unisa
Department of Social Work
Simon Kang’ethe, University of Fort Hare
Department of Social Work
Published
2021-03-29
Section
Articles