If education and capacity development are critical enablers for the achievement of the MDGs, e-learning, as an important alternative medium of capacity development and a means to people's empowerment, warrants an in-depth assessment.
Online education provides the opportunity to train more people better and at lower cost, saving on the construction of classroom buildings, student housing, parking lots and other physical infrastructure, as well as on teachers' salaries. Among the great potentials of online education is accessibility at any time from anywhere in the world. In this way, human resource capacity and knowledge is widely disseminated and utilized more efficiently.
At the same time, online education presents some serious challenges especially for students in developing countries where there is an unreliable supply of electricity and poor telecommunications. In addition to the existence of infrastructure, e-learning requires that students have basic computer-literacy. Another concern raised in studies of online education is that the lack of face-to-face interaction often leads to student isolation and high dropout... more
UNESCO: ICT and Education
"Technological Minimalism and Sustainability Strategies-Lessons Learned From Teaching Online"
"Strategy for implementing a Distance Learning process in UNCTAD"
"The Riddle of Distance Education: Promise, Problems and Application for Development"