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      Supporting ABET Students at Unisa during the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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            Teaching adult students in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution poses numerous difficulties in the global higher education context. Unisa students are generally adults who are working, but younger students also register with the institution, and they require support. The paper focuses on the adult students in the ABET department, which falls within the School of Educational Studies. The ABET student cohort comprises both older and younger students who are keen to learn. However, the lack of internet connectivity makes teaching and supporting them during the Covid-19 pandemic difficult, with a number of students situated in the rural areas. For the study, the researcher used the community of inquiry theoretical framework, which promotes interaction between student, teacher and content. At Unisa, teaching and learning take place on the myUnisa learning management system. The findings suggest that some students do not have the necessary skills to use myUnisa. The lack of skills in the use of technologies is a cause for concern.

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            UnisaRxiv
            UNISA Press
            29 July 2021
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Adult Basic Education and Training, University of South Africa
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            10.25159/UnisaRxiv/000025.v1
            3dd70777-166e-4286-bfd6-1d3415f2d9e1

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

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            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Education
            adult learner,open distance and e-learning,student support,Fourth Industrial Revolution,adult basic education and training,open distance learning

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