A Collaborative Learning Environment to Support Distance Learning Students in Developing Nations

A Collaborative Learning Environment to Support Distance Learning Students in Developing Nations

Michelle Dottore (San Diego State University, USA) and Steve Spencer (San Diego State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-770-6.ch071
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Abstract

In developing nations, information and communications technologies (ICT) offer dramatic opportunities for economic and social transformation. Such nations hope to jump-start economies and actualize human potential by providing ICT-based education and training to individuals in remote areas. Educational institutions seeking to outsource programs internationally face complex cultural, political and technological considerations not found within traditional student populations. Virtual learning environments (VLEs) are tools that provide electronic access to campus services. However, distance educators are challenged to develop VLEs that also support critical social elements of student life. The San Diego State University Interwork Institute is partnering with community colleges in the Western Pacific to offer degrees using a unique educational model. Through partnership and technology, this model blends virtual technologies with site-based facilitators and services, enabling Pacific Islanders to access advanced degrees without having to travel abroad.

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