Prospects and Constraints of E-Learning Utilization at State University of Zanzibar (SUZA)

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The purpose of this study was to explore the prospects and constraints of e-learning utilization at the State University of Zanzibar. Specifically, the study examined the extent of e-learning utilization at the SUZA, established the constraints facing lectures and students in utilizing e-learning at the SUZA, and analyzed institutional plans on e-learning utilization at the SUZA. The adopted Technological Acceptance Model (TAM) was used as the theoretical framework in this study. The study used a mixed-method approach whereby the concurrent embedded design was used as a research design where quantitative and qualitative data were collected simultaneously. A questionnaire, Interview, and checklist were used as research instruments for data collection. Three hundred and fifty-two (352) out of 500 students who were randomly selected responded online survey. Five lecturers and five administrators who were selected purposively were interviewed, and the checklist given to lecturers. The findings revealed that there is a vast usage of the e learning platform at SUZA due to the various benefits of e-learning utilization. The study notified that there were current constraints for both students and lecturers. It was revealed through practical usage of e-learning technology like; lack of frequent training, lack of experience in using learning technology, lack of infrastructures like computer labs, and inadequate internet bandwidth. Also, the study has shown the administrative plans for effective utilization of e-learning and minimizing challenges for the users and the institution. Those plans are increasing internet bandwidth, accesses, and coverage at all campuses, having an e-learning policy to convince the management to rely on e-learning activities. The study recommends that SUZA should have a clear roadmap strategy to guide all stakeholders for the effective utilization and sustainability of the e-learning platform.
Master of Education in Youth Gender and Development
Constraints of e-learning utilization