Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 198

Full Length Research Paper

Challenges of educational digital infrastructure in Africa: A tale of hope and disillusionment

Joseph Mukuni
  • Joseph Mukuni
  • Department of Teaching and Learning, Career and Technical Education, Virginia Tech, United States.
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 30 May 2019
  •  Accepted: 12 July 2019
  •  Published: 31 July 2019


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