ERIC Number: EJ807510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementing E-Learning in Northern Ireland: Prospects and Challenges
Uhomoibhi, James O.
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v23 n1 p4-14 2006
Purpose: Aims to examine trends in the development of e-learning in Northern Ireland, report on existing policies, practices and issues affecting its implementation across the sectors. Design/methodology/approach: The present study draws on e-learning policies and strategies that have been developed for Northern Ireland. Examples were drawn from case studies in schools and institutions and analyzed. Resulting knowledge and technology transfer across the sectors were evaluated. Findings: E-learning and the use of ICT is playing key role in shaping teaching and learning in Northern Ireland. Its implementation is providing innovative and creative ways for knowledge and technology transfer. It is facilitating the establishment of a skilled community and workforce for a knowledge society. Associated with the positive changes and opportunities of the technological capabilities are some challenges and risks, some of which involve reaction of individuals and organizations to changes and dealing with the problem of increasing digital divide. Practical implications: This paper critically evaluates some of the benefits of e-learning in a society experiencing significant changes and assesses its potential in addressing the growing digital divide. Originality/value: Highlights recent advances in e-learning in the higher and further education sectors in the region and addresses some of the implications for the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Descriptors: Technology Transfer, Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods, Access to Computers, Computer Attitudes, Postsecondary Education, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland