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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


DE WIT, Monique  and  PLASTOW, Nicola Ann. Usability of eLearning interventions for teachers and day care workers in Africa: a scoping review protocol. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2020, vol.50, n.3, pp.60-63. ISSN 2310-3833.

INTRODUCTION: Poor quality teacher training is one reason why children do not achieve school readiness. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) includes teacher and day care provider training in teaching basic concepts to pre-schoolers, as an essential occupational therapy role. eLearning and mLearning are affordable, accessible, and usable formats for this training. This scoping review will provide a framework for improving the usability of eLearning and mLearning for teachers and day care providers of pre-schoolersMETHODS AND ANALYSIS: This scoping review follows Arksey and O'Malley's (2005) framework and the PRISMA-ScR reporting guidelines using ERIC, CIHNAL, Africa Wide Information and Academic Search Premier databases, and a blind review process by two researchers. COVIDENCE software will be used to manage the review. Framework analysis using the nine usability criteria and WeftQDA will identify recommendations for eLearning and mLearning design.ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This protocol is published to improve transparency and avoid duplication of work, as recommended in the PRISMA-ScR guidelines. The findings of this scoping review will be published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2020 and presented at conferences. The results will also inform the design of an mLearning application for teachers and day care providers within the African context.

Keywords : early childhood development; pre-school; school readiness; teacher training; eLearning; mLearning; LMICs.

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