Incorporating Web-Based Learning into a Mixed – Mode Distance Education Delivery Format: Challenges and Possibilities

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF2 // The new information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being hailed by many as holding the key to increasing the supply of education proportionate to the demand. The potential of a combination of existing and new technologies to reduce costs, increase access, expand range and quality of education and training options and make real the promises of life long education has been recognized by international organizations such as the World Bank, and academic institutions. // The University of the West Indies Distance Education Center (UWIDEC), notwithstanding its relative short history, must position itself to take full advantage of the possible advantages of the application of ICTs in the education process. In doing so however, the institution must ensure that the process of change involved in applying ICTs to the delivery of the programme is a smooth one, which enhances the existing structure and delivery. The UWIDEC has therefore embarked on a long-term research and development project, designed to monitor and evaluate the expanded use of the ICTs in programme delivery and to identify and analyse the key factors required to facilitate its sustained growth in the university’s distance education programme. // This paper, which represents the second stage of this research and development study, examines the challenges faced in incorporating web-based learning in a mixed-mode distance delivery format. It analyses the key factors which mitigate against the smooth incorporation of an additional mode of delivery and the possibilities for the future. //

West Indies
Caribbean and Americas