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Globalization and technology-mediated distance education: developing countries’ perspective

Liyanagunawardena, T. R., Adams, A. A., Rassool, N. and Williams, S. (2013) Globalization and technology-mediated distance education: developing countries’ perspective. In: The Unisa Cambridge International Conference on Open, Distance and eLearning, 29 September 2013- 02 October 2013, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Abstract/Summary

The contemporary global economy places great value on highly educated workers but devalues workers in repetitive or low skill jobs. In order to thrive in this new economy, countries must ensure sufficient higher education opportunities for their population. However, a lack of resources is a major barrier faced by many developing countries in expanding their higher education systems. Technology-mediated distance education has the potential to be an invaluable tool in offering educational opportunities to people, if the other necessary conditions for participation are met. Although technology-mediated education was first considered to be a medium to bridge the learning divide across space, today it is feared that it could well become an inequality intensifier. Drawing on examples from developing countries, this paper considers factors regarding implementing technology-mediated distance education, including failure to address contextual issues and possible consequences. Challenges and policy implications are also discussed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:34440

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