Strategies for Connectivity Configuration to Access e-Learning Resources: Case of Rural Secondary Schools in Tanzania

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Fatuma Simba, Lena Trojer, N.H. Mvungi, B.M. Mwinyiwiwa, Emmanuel Mjema
Title: Strategies for Connectivity Configuration to Access e-Learning Resources: Case of Rural Secondary Schools in Tanzania
Conference name: International Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education, ICOLDE
Year: 2009
Pagination: 789 – 794
Publisher: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
City: Paris
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Planning and Media Design (Sektionen för planering och mediedesign)
School of Planning and Media Design S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/dsn/
Authors e-mail: lena.trojer@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: In response to address different development challenges, Tanzania is striving to achieve its fourth attribute of the National Development Vision, i.e. to have a well educated and learned society by the year 2025. One of the most cost effective methods that can reach a large part of the society in a short time is to integrate ICT in education through e-learning initiatives. However, e- learning initiatives are challenged by limited or lack of connectivity to majority of secondary schools, especially those in rural and remote areas. This paper has explores the possibility for rural secondary school to access online e-Learning resources from a centralized e- Learning Management System (e-LMS). The scope of this paper is limited to schools that have computers irrespective of internet connectivity, resulting in two categories schools; those with internet access and those without. Different connectivity configurations have been proposed according to the ICT infrastructure status of the respective schools. However, majority of rural secondary schools in Tanzania have neither computers nor internet connection. Therefore this is a challenge to be addressed for the disadvantaged schools to benefit from e-Learning initiatives.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\ICT for Development
Keywords: connectivity, configuration, e-Learning, replication, rural
Note: Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology Vol. 54
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