We live in days when we cannot ignore the effects of technology on education. Technology has and changes the way teachers teach and students learn. For some educators who may wish to use technology in their teaching, the challenge is how does one best use the available technologies? What of the skills to use the technology? In some cases students are more conversant with technology than their teachers. "Most questions about Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education have shifted from how to use technologies to understanding how to teach and learn with technologies. While there is an increasing recognition of the role of ICT in transforming both the teaching and learning practices, the lack of pedagogical knowledge among educators and practitioners is the foremost reason why emerging technologies remain unexplored in education or under utilised.
The other challenge is the inadequate theorisation of the phenomenon of teaching with ICT as opposed to teaching ICT. This is particularly pronounced in the education systems in developing nations where much focus of ICT in education has tended to emphasise technologies that institutions provide (e.g. computers) which student do not often personally own. Thus, this postgraduate programme, jointly offered by the School of Education and the Centre for Educational Technology, and facilitated by some the leading experts in the field is one of the programmes of its kind in Africa aimed at addressing the said educational conundrum" (University Of Cape Town, 2016).
The University of Cape Town through the School of Education offers a 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology which could be useful to educators wishing to gain knowledge and skills in the use of educational technology. The primary objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology as outlined on the website is to provide potential and practicing educators, corporate trainers, and anyone responsible to e-Learning with an opportunity to understand the effects that any use of emerging technologies have on the practice of learning, and how pedagogies need to be aligned to ensure positive learning outcomes. Thus, the programme responds to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century education in developing nations through the lens of global trends.