From Face-to-Face Classrooms to Innovative Computer-Mediated Pedagogies: Observations from the Field

Mohammad Issack Santally
University of Mauritius


In this paper, we present a case study concerning a Masters level course in Computer-mediated communications and pedagogy delivered at the University of Mauritius through e-Learning mode. We provide a brief overview of the program, its rationale and the pedagogical approaches that have been used to design the modules that are delivered in the first semester. There are currently 15 students enrolled on this course, and we relate our experiences and observations on the field in this article. We also expose our findings from a questionnaire survey that was done with the students towards the end of the semester to get the feedback on their perceptions on the program and on its pedagogical approaches. This is a very crucial step since this batch of students are supposed to be the agents of change in the reconceptualization of the teaching and learning process. We end up identifying some key factors that are perceived to be barriers to the actual wide-scale implementation of such approaches to education.

EDITORS NOTE: This article is a reprint of a past JIOL article that has been among the most viewed articles and was originally published in volume 3, Issue 4 of the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. The manuscript is presented in its original form.

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Mohammad Issack Santally is Associate Professor in Educational Technology at the Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning, University of Mauritius. His main research interests are in the field of virtual learning and 21st century skills. He is currently involved in capacity-building of educators for 21st century education and in the development of learner support frameworks, through virtual reality and 3D modeling. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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