eLearning in Developing Countries: October 2-22, 2007

How to overcome barriers and success stories

How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Nalin Abeysekera -
Number of replies: 9

 So far we discussed some barriers in online as well as mobile learning. Now we can focus on success stories as well as the ways to overcome barriers….We can use success stories to overcome barriers, for that we can consider following factors as barriers,<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

·        Lack of resources/underutilization of resources

·        Infrastructure problems

·        Problems in awareness level of e-Learning

·        Attitude and perception

·        Leardership

·        Others

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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by David Brear -
Nalin, I find the discussion very interesting. I think the following Web site http://www.downes.ca/ for Stephen Downes will be of interest to the group. Stephen works with the National Research Council of Canada and has done a lot of work in the area of eLearning.

Dave Brear
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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Dr. Nellie Deutsch -
Nalin,
How does your university deal with instructor and student transition from face-to-face to e-learning environments?
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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Nalin Abeysekera -

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Thanks for raising this question. First at Open University we are having blended type of learning (both face to face and e-Learning).As a University which involving in distance learning we have to take the initiative. We addressed the problems of lack of awareness as well as infrastructure by forming computer centers at our regional centers. Now students who are in remote areas can go to our regional center and access. Still we are in the introductory stage. We are using Moodle as LMS( learning Management System).Every time we are giving instructions to students on how to upload files etc. Because this is quite new experience to them…we want things to be happened….This is under the inspirational leadership of University Vice chancellor as well as staff. Susen lister and Mark (from Canada) always with us to guide and to oversome problems strategically and tactically.

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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Dr. Nellie Deutsch -
Students need little convincing to use innovation, they do what they are told, but what about instructors? Were they difficult to convince?
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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Nalin Abeysekera -

About Instructors …they are quite capable people. But some people not used to these type of learning environment.This is quite new to them…I think this is because of the earlier stages. School teachers are good in subject matters but there is a problem with level of skills. As like in m-learning some may think face to face learning is best…it ‘s all about attitude….to change that there is a need of people with skills…

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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Dr. Nellie Deutsch -
Nalin,
Thank you for your input. I would like to understand the issue a bit more: Who is going to change attitudes and how? Is there a model of change that may help with the transition?
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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Nalin Abeysekera -

Nellie,

To change attitude there is a need for a good awareness program by putting the merits of on-line vs. face to face. And as I suggested earlier there is a need for good leadership .Because it need long term plan with clear Vision and Mission. If can increase the awareness, attention, interest and desire (AIDA model) I think it is easier to promote e-learning in developing countries…We have to identify the ways and means of promote e-learning among public.….this is the place where we need success stories..!!!!!!!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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Re: How to overcome barriers and success stories

by Barbara Fillip -

I have found that time is a significant constraint.  Just because it's online and you don't have to physically go to a classroom at a particular time doesn't mean that there are no time constraints.  The idea that online learning is much more flexible in terms of time is often overstated.  The reality is that you still need to make time to get on the computer to access materials, do the readings, keep up with the online discussion board, etc...  Depending on how the online course is designed, you may end up spending more time on the course than you would be if you were attending a face-to-face course.  Online course designers need to make sure they pay attention to how much online and offline time their course will require. 

Most people who dropped out of classes I offered online did so because they didn't have time to fully participate.... (at least that's what they said) -- only one said that she just didn't like the online format and would rather attend a face-to-face class.