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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 4, No. 3 (2008) open journal systems 


Seven major challenges for e-learning in developing countries: Case study eBIT, Sri Lanka

Annika Andersson, Örebro university, Sweden


Abstract
By using an extensive framework for e-learning enablers and disablers (including 37 factors) this paper sets out to identify which of these challenges are most salient for an e-learning course in Sri Lanka. The study includes 1887 informants and data has been collected from year 2004 to 2007, covering opinions of students and staff. A quantitative approach is taken to identify the most important factors followed by a qualitative analysis to explain why and how they are important. The study identified seven major challenges in the following areas: Student support, Flexibility, Teaching and Learning Activities, Access, Academic confidence, Localization and Attitudes. In this paper these challenges will be discussed and solutions suggested.


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