Extending higher educational opportunities through e-learning: a case study from Sri Lanka
Liyanagunawardena, T. R., Adams, A. A., Rassool, N. and Williams, S. (2011) Extending higher educational opportunities through e-learning: a case study from Sri Lanka. In: 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education Adelaide, South Australia 2011, 5-7 December 2011, Adelaide, South Australia , pp. 291-301.
The Knowledge Economy favours high skilled and adaptable workers, typically those with a degree. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have the potential to extend educational opportunities through e-Learning. In Sri Lanka efforts have been made to employ ICTs in this way. The case study of Orange Valley University (pseudonymous) is presented, exploring the impact of ICT-based distance education on access to higher education. This ethnographic research employed questionnaires, qualitative interviews and documentary analysis. Online learning was found to appeal to a specific segment of the population. Flexibility and prestige were found to be important influences on programme selection. The majority possessed resources and skills for e-Learning; access and quality issues were considered.
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