ERIC Number: EJ854506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
From Digital Divide to Digital Dividend: What Will It Take?
Daniel, John; West, Paul
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v2 n5 Jun-Jul 2006
Sir John Daniel and Paul West explore the difficulties inherent in bringing postsecondary education to developing countries. While current research points to online education as the best financial alternative for these impoverished countries, cross-border educational solutions are largely unavailable, making local solutions a necessity. Daniel and West advocate the use of open source educational resources (OERs), now more accessible than ever, in creating online postsecondary programs. They provide considerations to guide the use of OERs in developing nations, address infrastructure and policy issues that must be addressed to support widespread implementation of online learning, and provide suggestions for making good Internet bandwidth affordable to institutions and ensuring that students have access to it. They provide a useful plan for bridging the digital divide and making digital dividends accessible for economically disadvantaged populations worldwide.
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Online Courses, Developing Nations, Internet, Educational Resources, Distance Education, Postsecondary Education, Access to Computers, Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, Poverty
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