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.
Chapter 8: Open-Source Software for Learning Management§
Open-Source Software for Learning Management§
Online Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are useful tools that can be used to enhance the delivery and sharing of educational material. As yet, many Asian institutions are unaware of the opportunities offered by LMS packages, or are not taking full advantage of them owing to the difficulties of customising LMS software to their specific needs. One problem is the lack of adequate local-language documentation provided with many LMS products for non-technical staff. Another problem is poor performance of LMS software in Asia's low-bandwidth situations, a factor not usually taken into account when the software is designed for use by the corporate training industry in developed countries. The ...