ERIC Number: EJ778818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Experimenting in Distance Education: The African Virtual University (AVU) and the Paradox of the World Bank in Kenya
Amutabi, M. N.; Oketch, M. O.
International Journal of Educational Development, v23 n1 p57-73 Jan 2003
This article seeks to accomplish three objectives. The first is to interrogate the efficacy of the African Virtual University (AVU), which is a satellite and information technology (IT)-based distance education system, sponsored by the World Bank in Kenya. The second is to demonstrate the failures of the AVU and the reasons why this has been the case. The third is to give recommendations on how to improve the performance of the AVU in Kenya. It is our argument that whereas the project may have had good intentions, such as helping Africa to catch up technologically, it has failed in its infancy.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Virtual Universities, Higher Education, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Satellites (Aerospace), International Organizations, Educational Development, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya