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Online Submission, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning v8 n1 Mar 2007

Developing countries face a number of challenges in their efforts to compete successfully in the new global economy. Perhaps the most critical resource needed to achieve these goals is trained human capital. While many developing countries are trying to address this need through traditional means, this may not be the most effective or efficient response. e-Learning has been suggested as an alternative approach that can overcome many of the challenges involved in reaching underserved students. But most educational institutions in developing countries are unfamiliar with e-Learning, have low levels of computer availability, access, familiarity and Internet penetration which leads to skepticism about the feasibility of this approach. In an effort to assess the potential of e-Learning in meeting the needs for developing human capital in Cambodia, this paper reports on the experience and achievements of the "Provincial Business Education through the Community Information Centers" (CICs) project. Key findings are that e-Learning was able to successfully deliver tertiary educational opportunities to underserved provincial students, Cambodian students were able to overcome serious challenges and that female Cambodian students demonstrated superior performance in online classes. These results suggest that e-Learning is an effective alternative for delivering tertiary education in Cambodia. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.) [This article was published in the Regional Focus Issue: Changing Faces of Open and Distance Education in Asia.]

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Community Information Services, Human Capital, Educational Opportunities, Cambodians, Global Approach, College Students, Access to Computers, Internet, Business Education, Distance Education, Online Courses

Autor: Abdon, Buenafe R.; Ninomiya, Seishi; Raab, Robert T.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6622&id=ED496164

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