How we break social barriers to higher education through e-Learning By Indika Rathninda MIT/2007/061
Example of social barriers
What going to discuss It is very interesting and important thing to survey that how we overcome social barriers to higher education via online learning. What? Mainly discuss how gender barrier affect to higher education and can we overcome this social barrier via eLearning.
Gender barriers to access to education
Significant barriers that have historically restricted women's access to learning opportunities.
Women and distance education
Distance education has potential to overcome barriers to rural women's participation but must consider women's attitudes toward technology and ways of knowing. Strategies are outlined for developing gender-friendly models of distance education. "Value-added" distance education requires rethinking traditional instructional settings and techniques.
family/parenting, sibling, spouse and social obligation
Although they praised distance education, the women interviewed unanimously agreed that distance study "isn't for everyone" and that it is a significantly different experience for female learners than it is for male learners
Women and ICT
These women were grateful that communication technologies, despite their imperfections, allowed them to study from their own homes, at times most convenient for their personal schedules.
Online learning/E-learning and women
The researchers found that females perceived that a deeper learning took place in online than in face-to-face courses .
Allowed them to study from their own homes, at times most convenient for their personal schedules.
Producing gender sensitive online learning materials Developing online learning materials to assist in identifying gender bias concerns and improving capacity for addressing them. For example: course calendars and brochures are examined to find ways in which opportunities for education and training can be "advertised" so that it is clear that women are encouraged to take part
Requirement for future research How online learning tools affect to gender equity