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Liyanagunawardena, T. R. and Adams, A. A. and Rassool, N. and Williams, S.A. Extending Higher Educational Opportunities through e-Learning: A Case Study from Sri Lanka. In: 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, 5-7 December, 2011, Adelaide, Australia.

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    Abstract

    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. Globalization is restructuring the ways in which we live, and in a very profound manner (Giddens 2002, p4).

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences > Others in Computing Sciences
    Education > Academic studies in Education > Academic studies in Tertiary Education > Academic studies in Higher Education
    Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Dr Andrew Adams
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 02:26
    Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 02:26
    URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/747

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