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International Collaboration in Distance Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, Trials and Tomorrow’s Thrusts

International Collaboration in Distance Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, Trials and Tomorrow’s Thrusts
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Author(s): Gbolagade Adekanmbi (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Bopelo Boitshwarelo (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 17
Source title: Cases on Interactive Technology Environments and Transnational Collaboration: Concerns and Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Siran Mukerji (IGNOU, India) and Purnendu Tripathi (IGNOU, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-909-5.ch002

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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.

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