In mid-February, six staff members from North-West University (NWU) in South Africa visited Sam Houston State University. The group of digital education practitioners made the journey to Huntsville, Texas to ask questions around delivering services that could support blended learning.
Guided discussions and activities were held in order to build strategies and implementation guidelines that could support the 40,000 blended learning students enrolled at NWU. South Africa’s technical infrastructure is not ready to support fully online courses or online programs. Therefore, a blended approach is currently the only way to offer digital learning.
The SHSU Online Operations teamed worked closely with the digital education practitioners from NWU. “One of the main stumbling blocks for our friends from South Africa is that internet access is not universal in the regions where there students live and work,” said Thomas Sosebee, Assistant Director of Course Development. Thomas, as well as members of the Online Operations leadership team, shared their insights, successes and obstacles as a result of supporting the online efforts of Sam Houston State University.
This is the second of two groups from NWU that has visited with the SHSU Online team as part of an ongoing effort to support the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Sam Houston State University and North-West University.