Making ODL viable: A model of shared services in the Caribbean

dc.contributor.author Blackman, Paul U E
dc.contributor.author Rowe, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Woodall, Lora
dc.coverage.placeName Barbados en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Caribbean and Americas en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-19T02:03:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-19T02:03:39Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11
dc.description.abstract One method of meeting the increasing demand for tertiary education in the Caribbean region is through distance education, specifically open and distance learning (ODL). Distance education offers developing countries the opportunity to address the problems of educational funding, access and quality (Perraton, 2007). In order to take advantage of ODL, three tertiary institutions in Barbados have decided to implement a shared services model in order to enable effective service provisioning while at the same time: a) Optimizing efficiency and effectiveness b) Making more effective use of scarce technical resources c) Obtaining the benefits of scale and minimizing costs d) Allowing academic staff and the institutions to focus on core activities and core competencies This paper will describe the educational context for the implementation of this model, describe the challenges in the process of creating a shared services mechanism and will chronicle the lessons learned in the implementation of the shared ICT services for open and distance learning. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/2254
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Formal Education en_US
dc.subject Open and Distance Learning (ODL) en_US
dc.subject Educational Technology en_US
dc.title Making ODL viable: A model of shared services in the Caribbean en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
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