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Opportunities and Challenges of Emerging Technologies in Higher Education (ii) changing learning preferences and needs of the net generation `Generation Y' 1 students such as increased flexibility in their acquisi- tion of (new) knowledge and competencies as a result of new and emerging interactive technologies and socially networked life experiences. This paper focuses on issues around providing `better quality' education to the `net generation' students in a HE context. The knowledge, skills and attitudes to be acquired by these students are vastly different from their predecessors of the last century. Today most of them come to class mainly to demonstrate their understanding developed as a result of their interactions with not only the content, but also with experts in the field, and this has important implications on the new roles of teachers and their instructional strategies. Since the advance in educational technology initiative in developing instructional materials through collaboration with colleagues with the aim of improving their instructional effectiveness. Thus the paper emphasises the need for collabora- tion among educators, research-oriented teaching, team enterprise or a community of practice cul- ture, peer support and administrative leadership as major factors for advancing a culture of digital scholarship at the University of Botswana (UB). EVOLUTION OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR PEDAGOGICAL POTENTIAL In the world's first university, The Academy, estab- lished by Plato in 387 BC, teaching was conducted through storytelling and lecturing. Over the years, increasing demands for access to Higher Education (HE), dwindling resources, and burgeoning calls