ERIC Number: ED364767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Distance Education Network in the OECS. Feasibility Study. Filling a Gap in a Way that Makes Sense. Report of a Consultancy to the Commonwealth of Learning.
A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of a distance education network in the Eastern Caribbean. Two types of consultations were completed: a brief site survey of four Eastern Caribbean states (Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, and Saint Lucia) and a workshop in Saint Lucia to which education officials from government agencies and higher education institutions were invited. Through these sessions, information was gathered on the experience and resources of colleges of further education in distance education; the distance education technologies used by the colleges and their associated costs, the educational needs that such a network might address, and the financial opportunities and constraints for such a project. The study found that there is strong interest in distance education among tertiary institutions in the Eastern Caribbean. Television stations exist as means for providing distance education, but educational needs and the availability of other resources have not yet been established. Technical issues emerged with regard to the operation of a television network, and further research is needed to take advantage of opportunities. Finally, the study found that information sharing needs are acute at several levels, and that action, not more studies, is wanted since needs are acute. The study recommended that action steps should be taken to implement the recommendations made in the workshop and that surveys should be made of needs, materials, technical feasibility, and an information clearinghouse. (The report includes the following: a list of 9 references and 10 resources; a list of interviewees and contacts for site visits; the interview protocol and site survey information sheet; the agenda, attendees and overhead transparencies from the workshop in Saint Lucia; and a paper on the educational outreach efforts made by Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia, presented by Madison Stanislaus.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Identifiers: Caribbean; Saint Lucia