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eLearning: a survival strategy for developing countries

Hogan, Robert P. and Kedrayate, Akanisi (2011) eLearning: a survival strategy for developing countries. Social and Economic Studies, 60 (3). NA. ISSN 0037-7651

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In today's global economy, developing countries must provide a skilled workforce to attract business, and lifelong learning to retain it. Education is no longer an option; it is the prescription for economic survival. In the past, top students were those who mastered the most information. Today, the winners are those who can analyze, use technology, write well, and possess strong social skills. This presentation describes an innovative, blended learning approach for delivering science training throughout the Pacific. The program interweaves eLearning, virtual and face-to-face laboratories, blogs, Tweets, chats, and web-based synchronous communication to create a supportive virtual classroom that encourages student success and satisfaction. The eLearning classroom is a highly interactive environment where students meet classmates, the facilitator, and the tutors. Further support comes from learning teams and weekly feedback on performance. The course in delivered from Fiji to Tonga, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu. Although blended learning offers great promise to meet the changing needs of industry, universities struggle to adapt. This presentation concludes with a discussion of faculty and administrative barriers experienced by the University of the South Pacific, a regional university serving 12 member countries in Oceania.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE)
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 00:06
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 00:06

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