Amidst the euphoria about the new frontiers of technology sometimes perceived as a panacea for expansion of higher education in developing countries, there is a need to analyze persistent and new grounds of unequal opportunity for access, learning, and the production of knowledge.
This volume addresses fundamental questions about the educational process such as:
· The use of technology in higher education for a holistic educational system for social development
· The actual technological capacity in Africa and possibilities for virtual higher education
· Cultural relevance of the curriculum and pedagogy
· Pedagogy and gender in cyberspace education
· Perils of externally-driven distance education programs in Africa and the quest for ownership towards development
· Challenges and opportunities in the making of knowledge society in an Asian context
· Strategies to promote constructive virtual higher education in Africa and Asia.
N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba, Ph.D. (1982) in Comparative Education, the University of Chicago, teaches at Cornell University in the Africana Studies and Research Center. Dr. Assié-Lumumba has published extensively on equality, policy, and political economy, and history of education, educational innovations, and gender and development.
Introduction, N’drit. Assié-Lumumba
1. ICT4D: A Frontier for Higher Education in Developing Nations, Royal D. Colle and Raul Roman 2. Partnership in Higher Education in Africa: Communications Implications beyond the 2000s, Jacques Habib SY 3. Implementing the Online Learning Communities in Africa: A Unisa Case Study, J.F. Heydenrych, P. Higgs and L.J. Van Niekerk 4. Pedagogical Issues and Gender in Cyberspace Education: Distance Education in South Africa, Chika Trevor Sehoole and Teboho Moja 5. Distance Learning and Virtual Education for Higher Education in Africa: Evaluation of Options and Strategies, Stanley Moyo 6. The Chances for Success of the Francophone Centers for Distance Education of the GDLN Network: The Case of the Centre d’Education à Distance de Côte d’Ivoire, Kouassi Yao 7. Higher Education Reform: Challenges towards a Knowledge Society in Malaysia, Akiko Kamogawa 8. Strategies for Promoting Virtual Higher Education: General Considerations on Africa and Asia, Kazuo Kuroda and Hossain Md. Shanawez
This book is resourceful in the fields of education, technology, communication, computing & information science, political economy, international studies, development studies, gender studies, and indigenous knowledge systems.