ICTs in Higher Education: Who Stands to Gain?

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2009-11-15
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Kanwar, Asha
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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ICT Transforming Education, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, 15-17 November, 2009 By Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning // It is a privilege to speak to such a distinguished audience and I’m very grateful to UNESCO, Bangkok, the World Bank, KERIS and the government of Huangzhou for giving me this opportunity. I represent the Commonwealth of Learning, an intergovernmental organisation based in Vancouver Canada. Our slogan is ‘learning for development’ and we help Commonwealth Member States and institutions to harness the potential of educational technologies for expanding access to education and training. // My topic today is ICT in Higher Education: Who Stands to Gain? Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have pervaded every level of education around the world. Higher Education, particularly, has seen an unprecedented growth in the use of ICTs in teaching, research and extension activities. Who has really benefitted from this phenomenal expansion? Is it the governments who are determined to increase the Age Participation Rates (APRs) in Higher Education? Or has the introduction of ICTs improved the productivity and effectiveness of institutions of higher learning? Is it the teacher who is increasingly faced with the challenge of dealing with a diverse student body? Or is it the student herself? These are some of the questions that I shall explore in this paper, and I shall offer suggestions about how ICTs can be effectively harnessed to serve these constituencies. Finally, I will conclude with a brief exploration of the question: who really stands to gain?
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Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Higher Education
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China
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Asia, Global
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