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ERIC Number: EJ861316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Teaching and Learning against All Odds: A Video-Based Study of Learner-to-Instructor Interaction in International Distance Education
Muhirwa, Jean-Marie
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v10 n4 Sep 2009
Distance education and information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been marketed as cost-effective ways to rescue struggling educational institutions in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This study uses classroom video analysis and follow-up interviews with teachers, students, and local tutors to analyse the interaction at a distance between learners in Mali and Burkina Faso and their French and Canadian instructors. Findings reveal multiple obstacles to quality interaction: frequent Internet disconnections, limited student access to computers, lack of instructor presence, ill-prepared local tutors, student unfamiliarity with typing and computer technology, ineffective technical support, poor social dynamics, learner-learner conflict, learner-instructor conflict, and student withdrawal and resignation. In light of the near death of the costly World Bank-initiated African Virtual University (AVU), this paper concludes by re-visiting the educational potential of traditional technologies, such as radio and video, to foster development in poor countries. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Burkina Faso; Canada; France; Mali