Online learning needs a well-trained faculty

Aziza Ellozy for University World Wide News writes: On 14-16 October the University of South Africa, or UNISA, will host the 26th ICDE World Conference – the first of its kind to be held in Africa.

As described in its brochures, some of the key objectives of the conference are “to promote the importance of open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning (ODeL) in educational policy”, to “improve on the quality of delivery of education” and to debate “the role of ODeL in building social, political and economic development of the world”.

My interest in this is in the quality of the delivery of education and the ensuing professional development of teachers.

There is no doubt that in today’s increasingly complex and globalised digital economy a well-trained and educated workforce is required to enhance economic growth. But access to education, although lauded as an inalienable right for all, is still a challenge to poorer countries that are not able to enrol more than a small percentage of their population in higher education.

According to a report presented to the UNESCO 2009 World Conference on Higher Education: “Many of the developing countries still educate fewer than 10% of their population” and “with only 5% of the age cohort enrolled, sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest participation rate in the world”.   SNIP, the article continues @ University World Wide News, click here to continue reading….

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