Nurturing Collaborative E-learning, Through The Integration Of Social Media, ICTs And Multimedia Communication In ODL For The Small Scale Miners And New Farmers Through The Zimbabwe Open University's Center For Professional Development
IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science
The advent of social media and the mobile phones as well as multimedia communication systems have transformed the face of collaborative learning in order to compress the distance in Open and Distance learning (ODL). The thrust of this study was to explore, establish knowledge sharing platforms and strengthen the feasibility of integrative communication through social media, ICTs and multimedia communication in collaborative learning as well as mitigation strategies in ODL and center for
... onal development. These provided hybrid communication and established versatile and sustainable community information banks for small scale miners and new farmers. Through the integration of social media, the above beneficiaries discovered the power of ICTs and multimedia communication in order to effect change (Christensen, 2011). The above systems were merged and interactive platforms that are participatory in nature were established. Above all, social media, ICTs and multimedia communication managed to connect people, who previously did not know each other. The study employed predominantly qualitative research methodology. This methodology was tailored to include integrated community co-design, grounded in a participatory action research paradigm and an online dialogic design approach. Data collection instruments included online observations and in-depth interviews which have been found to have the capacity of gathering rich data about phenomena (Flick, Von Kardoff & Steinke, 2004) . It has been recommended that knowledge sharing platforms of this nature need to be accelerated in order to sustainably transform small scale miners (makorokoza) and new farmers into formidable business ventures. These harmonized ventures brought connectivity, interactive platforms, hybrid and e-learning compliance in line with the demands of the 21 st century.