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Dr Wolfram Laaser
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Interview with Dr Wolfram Laaser, Academic Director, Fernuniversität Hagen

  What is the real economic contribution of eLearning? What indicators are necessary to track the efficiency of courses and programmes? Dr Wolfram Laaser from Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany’s most important distance learning university, has extensive experience in this field. The economist has been involved with distance education and specifically with instructional design and media development at Hagen since the University’s inception in the mid-1970s. […]

eWaste management needed
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eWaste management needed

By James Waititu and Reuben Kyama, Nairobi, Kenya Three years ago at a rural school in Kenya, students gathered in a lab to admire with awe newly installed computers. The arrival of the new technology generated great interest and expectations – thanks to a generous firm which donated the machines.

Davis Dewhurst
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eLearning in medical education: Explore the virtual patient

David Dewhurst (BSc, PhD) is Professor of eLearning and Director of the Learning Technology Section in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. He is an international figure in eLearning research in the bio/medical domain and has published widely in this area. He is also Principal Investigator for a number of eLearning grants. The eLearning Unit of the Learning […]

eLearning helps provide crucial health knowledge
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eLearning helps provide crucial health knowledge

The RHL was developed within the World Health Organization’s Programme to map Best Reproductive Health Practices and is the key tool used to disseminate evidence on the effectiveness of health care interventions within this Programme. The RHL has over 15,000 subscribers worldwide and many more users, and the WHO distributes over 20,000 CD-ROMs annually in English and another 10,000 in Spanish in low-income countries. […]

Changing Universities with ICT – An eLearning case study from Botswana
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Changing Universities with ICT – An eLearning case study from Botswana

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana has recently won a highly regarded Microsoft Research award. The award was announced by Microsoft to encourage researchers from around the world to pursue research in technology to improve health, education, and socio-economic conditions. The project, Integrated Healthcare Information Service through Mobile Technology in Botswana (IHISM), will investigate wireless and mobile technologies that enable […]

Dr Jiping Zhang
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Increasing efficiency for the poor

  Biography Dr. Jiping Zhang is Senior Distance Learning Specialist and Instructional Designer at the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank. She started distance learning in 1997 by developing the Internet-based-training and CD-ROM version with streaming video on water resources management and rural development policy courses for World Bank staff training. Before joining TDLC, she worked in the World Bank Institute […]

What do football and mathematics have in common?
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What do football and mathematics have in common?

Educational content is an issue with which many African countries still struggle, so Intel’s approach to preparing Ghanaian science students for the digital age seems quite promising. The objective of www.skoool.com.gh is to provide a rich and integrated platform for science and math education. Topics generally seen at as being very “dry” are delivered in a rather playful manner. An interactive football match, for […]