International collaboration in distance education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, trials and tomorrow's thrusts

Gbolagade Adekanmbi, Bopelo Boitshwarelo

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    Abstract

    This chapter examines international collaboration in distance education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), focusing on efforts aimed at utilizing technology. It identifies a number of significant collaborative endeavors. The collaborative efforts observed have a similar goal of pooling together ICT resources and expertise towards improving educational outcomes. The prevalence of teacher education and training across the initiatives, in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, is noted. Institutions outside Africa are actively involved in the funding and provision of expertise. Also, the AVU consortium model seems to be a viable approach to collaboration, with notable results seen. With the challenges facing technology-focused collaboration, such as a lack of enabling policies and the digital divide, the chapter suggests that African countries and institutions should pursue a culture of change and be more flexible. More formal training in distance education, utilizing Africans in the Diaspora and promoting dialogue across international spectrums are also recommended.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTechnology, Sustainability, and Rural Development in Africa
    PublisherIGI Global
    Chapter15
    Pages220-235
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466636088
    ISBN (Print)1466636076, 9781466636071
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2013

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    Adekanmbi, G., & Boitshwarelo, B. (2013). International collaboration in distance education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, trials and tomorrow's thrusts. In Technology, Sustainability, and Rural Development in Africa (pp. 220-235). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-3607-1.ch015