ERIC Number: ED347312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education in Guyana. Report of a Project Identification Consultancy. Consultant Report 3.
Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Distance education is the only prospect of bringing further educational opportunities within the grasp of most adults in Guyana. Some factors that make distance education desirable, such as the infrastructure and present economic problems, militate against its provision. Many of the best educated personnel in all sectors have emigrated; the loss of teachers has caused the quality of education to deteriorate. Advantages of distance education are greater ease of student access and consistently high quality teaching materials. Disadvantages include the effort and cost of preparing distance education and high dropout rate. An effective distance education system draws on the tools available to adopt a multimedia approach: printed materials, audio and video materials, computers, kits, audio-teleconferencing, interactive videodiscs, and direct teaching. Three main areas of work in distance education must be conducted efficiently to ensure success: course production, student support, and administration. Existing projects address two major needs: upgrading the teaching force and preparing students to enter the university. Ten projects are suggested as likely to have the greatest initial impact with the lowest cost, including: a foundation course in teacher education, a university preentry course, and enlargement of distance learning capacity of the Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (IACE). (Appendixes include a workshop brochure and IACE Distance Education Division Year I Planner.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, College Preparation, Cost Effectiveness, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).