Using e-Learning to Bridge the Global Digital Divide: Successes and Challenges from the International Field
AbstractMillions of dollars are invested globally to bridge the digital divide. However, lasting learning will only result when people apply technology for social and economic benefits. These circumstances create opportunities for unique learning programs based on leading edge research and technology integration. Global NetCorps (GNC) is designed to help people in developing countries make a connection between technology and their lives. Young leaders in these countries (GNC Interns) are recruited to work with local community members to build technological fluency. Including e-learning and F2F elements, the GNC learning curriculum has two focal points: the Interns and the community participants. The program has yielded a rich array of key learnings associated with introducing e-learning in developing countries and provides a backdrop for dialogue on tackling e-learning projects with international mandates, including social and cultural considerations and emergent design approaches.