Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality presents several cases of international online education and the rhetoric that surrounds this form of teaching and learning. Editor Alison A. Carr-Chellman examines the impact of online distance education throughout the world in an effort to understand more deeply the merits of such initiatives. Written from a critical perspective, the book sheds light on some of the problems faced by international distance educators. It particularly focuses on who benefits, and who does not, by the advance of international e-learning and how we can respond to the needs of the disenfranchised. This book is intended to supplement what has to this point been largely a positive, how-to literature in distance education. It offers a balanced perspective on the problems and possibilities of distance education worldwide.
Online Education in Africa: An Analysis of Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa
The damnation of the African elephant—
To provide exotic cultures
With piano keys and billiard balls.
Africa, the dark continent, a sense of danger, a clear sense of native, indigenous culture, a culture of development. This section of the book deals with only two of many African communities—Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa. To the Western mind, Africa has been a place of plunder throughout history. Will e-learning turn African minds into ivory?
One of the interesting words that comes up consistently in both chapters is development. Shalyefu and Nakakuwa point to Kofi Annan's comments to the United Nations as evidence that information technologies (ITs) are thought of as ...