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In Asia, Distance Education (DE) is providing major solutions in the areas of education and training. DE methods that are standard in other parts of the world, however, have yet to demonstrate their full potential in Asia. Covering nine DE projects by 39 researchers from 13 countries, this book analyzes the DE scenario in Asia, the successes, the failures, and the reasons behind them.

This book is a unique collation of the results of studies of educational technologies across an extensive network of Asian countries. It also provides a useful snapshot of DE's development in Asia in the early years of the 21st century. The surveys reported cover different DE contexts, methodologies, and levels of generalisability, and add to the existing scholarship on the subject by providing previously unavailable, firm evidence about DE's prospects in Asia.

The contributors give important recommendations that can be translated into practical and political actions to help solve critical socio-economic problems of Asia as well as other parts of the world.

Development of ICT-Based Distance Education in Bhutan
Development of ICT-based distance education in Bhutan
Bhutan: SangayJamtsho (sub-project leader)
Canada: MarkBullen (sub-project advisor)

This chapter describes the introduction of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning support in the Distance Teacher Education Programme (DTEP) at the Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). The study focuses on changes in student and instructor perceptions of the quality of and access to learning support as a result of ICT usage, for example, the introduction of a learning management system. In addition, the challenges of using ICT with students and instructors who are relatively new to it are discussed, and recommendations are made for how ICTs can be used for learning support in such circumstances.

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