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ERIC Number: ED496159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-15
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
The Development of Distributed Learning Techniques in Bhutan and Nepal
Rennie, Frank; Mason, Robin
Online Submission, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning v8 n1 Mar 2007
This paper discusses research and development work currently being conducted with universities in Bhutan and Nepal to design appropriate systems for distance and distributed learning courses among a network of campus sites. Although working from a high level of awareness of pedagogic skills, staff in the region face two significant impediments in the adoption of a more open culture of learning. Firstly, Internet access is improving rapidly, but is still generally too weak and inconsistent to allow any reliance on net-based learning solutions. Secondly, the academic culture is resistant to the recognition of the value of open-learning degrees, with subsequent difficulties in re-designing course materials for a more educationally flexible, student-centred learning environment. Some current pilot initiatives in distributed learning are described. Methods for addressing these two impediments are discussed. [This article was published in the theme issue on "Changing Faces of Open and Distance Education in Asia."]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Bhutan; Nepal