Example for assignment 8
1. Can ICTs be innovatively used in the absence of minimum literacy levels among the poor?
Yes it can, looking at the case study regarding the information lady in Bangladesh; she was able to visit households in the villagers with a set of ICT’s like: small portable laptops, digital cameras, mobile phones, GPRS internet connectivity, headphones, webcam and other light equipments such as weighing measurement machines, blood pressure machines, pregnancy tests and sugar tests kits etc. She listens to the villager’s livelihood problems and helps them with preloaded offline Bangla language livelihood, audio -visual content and online information from the web.
By using this initiative she is able to conquer the challenge of creating an infrastructure and the triple illiteracy of rural people (illiterate, ICT illiterate and information illiterate).
The handicap people, poor people are now offered a range of services at their doorstep and low cost solution.
The is a range of ICT’s and most may require basic level of education like your laptops etc and some without basic level of education may not be able to use them to the full potential but may be able to use it specifically for their need.
Take the information transmitted on radio’s, Television, using public address systems, fax that distributed by individuals, these methods can be used to communicate information regarding; Weather conditions for farmers and fisherman’s benefit, for farmers to get information regarding agricultural market practices, finance etc. and fisherman to be warned if it is safe or unsafe to sail, getting information regarding weather conditions. Two way radios can also be used. These can be achieved in the absence of minimum literacy levels.
2. How can the same ICTs be used for multiple purposes? What steps are needed to use, say the Internet for meeting the educational and health needs of poor female farmers in an isolated rural community?
ICT’s like radio, TV, Mobile phones, computers with internet, public address systems can be used for multiple purposes like – to address core sectors of development and provide access to information and knowledge, access to income generating opportunities, access to public service and agriculture, rural development and education.
Internet for meeting educational needs for poor female farmers in isolated rural communities
A female farmer with the use of the internet will be able to get information regarding agricultural market practices, finance etc and will be able to communicate and network with others worldwide.
In terms of education they will be able to continue studying using system called open learning system which provides formal education through distance learning methods to out of school youth , disadvantaged and poor communities who otherwise, for financial reasons not able to access education.
Internet for meeting Health needs for poor female farmers in isolated rural communities
This will be achieves through what we call e-Health which is an umbrella term that includes aspects of ICT use in health care like telemedicine. Telemedicine is the most frequent application in the health sector followed by continuing medical education and improving the quality or research network.
Women in a rural area can use the internet to get advice or consultant to provide over long distance via satellite. With telemedicine they will be able to connect to a specialist in the nearby area who will be able to capture and transmit clinical data from multiple sources to facilitate diagnosis and treatment.
This is an online module. This means that all the information you need will be on the MyUnisa site.
Where do you start?
On the MyUnisa site you will find two tabs for EUP1501. One is the main site, EUP1501-Sx-xx, and the second one is your group site EUP1501-Sx-xxxT.
In the main site you will find most of the information you need for the module but you will not be able to post any assignments or post discussions on this site. Prof Goosen (the module leader) will post announcements on this site.
The group site is where you will post your answer to questions, communicate with other students and communicate with your Teaching Assistant.
Read your tutorial letter
After reading the tutorial letter you need to read all the information on the “Home” page of your group site.
The next step would be to check your “Discussions” on your group site. Here your Teaching Assistant will communicate with you and give you extra help and guidance. You can also ask your Teaching Assistant questions here.
This is your “Textbook”. The Learning Units will take you through the module step by step.
What about the assignments and exams?
You will have 9 assignments in this module. It is a lot of work and you will submit assignments almost weekly, but if you plan ahead this is manageable.
Assignments 1,3,5 and 8 are “Discussion Forum” assignments.
By this I mean that you will be posting your answers for these assignments on the discussion forum and it will be graded there (Instructions for assignments can be found in the Learning Units on your EUP1501 group sites).
Assignment 2,4,6 and 7 are practical assignments
These must be completed on a separate site, ITLab. Okay, now it might seem confusing, but it really isn’t. Stay calm, read all the info and be patient. In the Learning Units you will find instructions on how to connect to ITLab. You will receive an e-mail (on your myLife e-mail address) or a sms that will inform you that you are registered for ITLab and will include your username and password to log in.
Assignment 9 is a Blog that you will complete on your group site.
Exam? There is no exam for this module. Jipee! Do not get too excited yet. You need to submit a Portfolio instead of writing an exam.