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Use of Whatsapp for flexible learning: Its effectiveness in supporting teaching and learning in Sierra Leone's Higher Education Institutions

Jackson, Emerson Abraham (2019): Use of Whatsapp for flexible learning: Its effectiveness in supporting teaching and learning in Sierra Leone's Higher Education Institutions. Forthcoming in: International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning , Vol. 12, No. 2 (30 December 2019)

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Abstract

Despite its inherent limitations, Whatsapp messenger has proved beneficial in bridging the gap in technology provision for enhancing students' learning experiences in Sierra Leone. The need to make sure students dedicate time in using Whatsapp for the benefit of improving their learning experiences was emphasised; this as suggested can be done through participation in group collaboration, which involve peer-to-peer and peer-to-instructor interaction. Equally, to advance effective use of flexible learning opportunities, institutions must consider alternatives like Moodle / Blackboard, which already comes with the added capabilities of MIS synchronisation features of integration with students' record. In all of the aforementioned points, there is a need for government support in ensuring the right investment is made in bringing the country's HEIs integrated ICT learning provision to international standard.

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