Technology-based distance learning is becoming popular throughout the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, advancements in communication technology more than two decades ago raised much hope since technology-based distance education was seen as a promising cost effective and cost-efficient answer to expansion of access to education. These high hopes in technology-based distance education have, however, turned into disillusionment because of the challenges relating to digital infrastructure affecting most of Sub-Saharan Africa. This article is a reflection on the challenges of digital infrastructure with respect to distance learning in Africa. The article makes some recommendations for practice and research.
Key words: Technology-based learning, communication technology, digital divide.
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