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Extending Higher Educational Opportunities through e-Learning: A Case Study from Sri Lanka

Liyanagunawardena, T. R.; Adams, A. A.; Rassool, N.; Williams, S.A.

The Knowledge Economy favours high skilled and adaptable workers, typically those with a degree. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have the potential to extend educational opportunities through e-Learning. In Sri Lanka efforts have been made to employ ICTs in this way. The case study of Orange Valley University (pseudonymous) is presented, exploring the impact of ICT-based distance education on access to higher education. This ethnographic research employed questionnaires, qualitative interviews and documentary analysis. Online learning was found to appeal to a specific segment of the population. Flexibility and prestige were found to be important influences on programme selection. The majority possessed resources and skills for e-Learning; access and quality issues were considered. Globalization is restructuring the ways in which we live, and in a very profound manner (Giddens 2002, p4). This record was migrated from the OpenDepot repository service in June, 2017 before shutting down.

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