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Internet use in the developing world: A case study of an African university1


Ibrahim Poda 
Department of Instructional Technology, Miami University, Ohio 
podia@muohio.edu
 

John W. Murry, Jr. 
College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas 
jmurry@uark.edu
 

Michael T. Miller 
College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansa, 
mtmille@uark.edu

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1This article was extensively edited by Dr B. Matthews, Research Associate, Flinders University Institute of International Education.

Abstract 

The internet has become an indispensable tool in the twenty first century. However, the development may be slowed by a lack of appropriate facilities in less developed nations. A study of existing facilities in Burkina Faso was undertaken to answer five questions on the participants' perspectives on internet usage: (a) how do the participants perceive internet utilisation; (b) what factors encourage the use of the internet; (c) what factors discourage internet usage; (d) is the internet a tool for enhancing learning and (e) how can improved management of available technology lead to greater internet usage in the Humanities Faculty at Ouagadougou University? Participants were selected because of their interest and involvement with technology, their computer knowledge and their prior experience with the internet. The current status of internet knowledge and utilisation were examined and factors that influenced internet usage were considered. Six recommendations for improved practice at the post-secondary level were discussed.

Internet, computer technology, rural access, Africa

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  Poda, I., Murry, J.W. and Miller, M.T. (2006). Internet use in the developing world: A case study of an African university. International Education Journal, 7 (3), 235-244.
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