eLearning in Commonwealth Asia - Implications and Impact (Commentary)


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Educational institutions are attracted towards use of ICT that provides them with more flexibility and options to reach the students in various ways. Judicious mix of different tools and strategies with use of ICT can enhance the learning experiences of the students. ICT has the potential to transform the way teaching and learning happens in the classroom setting. So much is known about use of ICT in education. However, there is no study available in the context of Commonwealth Asian countries on eLearning. How is eLearning doing and whether the institutions, teachers and students are really interested in and beneficiary of eLearning? How are different activities pertaining to eLearning being managed by different institutions? What are the challenges and opportunities faced by institutions for effective implementation of eLearning across disciplines and subjects? To find answers to all such questions, a systematic study was undertaken to track the growth and development of eLearning in Commonwealth Asian countries i.e. Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Report available at http://cemca.org.in/publicationhome/elearning-commonwealth-asia-2013-sk-pulist

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eLearning in Commonwealth Asia - Implications and Impact (Commentary)

  1. 1. Implications and Impact Commentary Ishan Abeywardena 7th Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF7), Abuja, Nigeria. 6th December 2013
  2. 2. • • • • • • eLearning Palm Print Country Profiles ICT and Students Important Trends Copyright and OER Conclusions & Recommendations
  3. 3. • • • • • • Infrastructure Content Technology and Tools Teachers and Learners Quality Barriers and Enablers Image created using http://www.tagxedo.com 17 aspects of eLearning
  4. 4. Computers per 100 inhabitants Bangladesh Brunei Darussalam India Malaysia Maldives Pakistan Singapore Sri Lanka Internet users per 1000 inhabitants 2.50% 9.10% 3.20% 22.70% 20.00% 0.50% 74.30% 3.70% 3.70% 50.00% 7.50% 56.30% 28.30% 16.80% 71.10% 12.00%
  5. 5. Key Findings • eLearning in Commonwealth Asian countries is an increasing trend • Enthusiasm among the faculty and staff is high • Institutions are integrating ICTs and online technologies in their programmes • eLearning programmes are largely offered in blended mode
  6. 6. Key Recommendations • Diversify programme offerings through eLearning • Offering completely online programmes • Respond to market needs through more eLearning • Encourage continuous professional development • Ensure usability by people with disabilities • Prioritize development of quality parameters/guidelines
  7. 7. Thanks
  8. 8. About… Ishan Abeywardena Deputy Dean and Senior Lecturer, School of Science and Technology, Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia • • • • MSc in Wireless Enterprise Business Systems, Brunel University, UK. MSc in Engineering Management, Brunel University, UK. BSc in Computer Science, Bangalore University, India. PhD Candidate in Computer Science, University Malaya, Malaysia. Areas of specialisation: text mining, metadata, faceted search Professional Member of – Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEEE) – British Computer Society (MBCS) – Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) – Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Official Profile: http://www.wou.edu.my/IshanAbeywardena.html Professional Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ishansa Research Profile: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ishan_Abeywardena/ Tech Blog: http://www.ishantalks.com E-mail: ishansa@wou.edu.my