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Osoba, Ermina
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School of Continuing Studies - Antigua and Barbuda
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Distance education in Antigua: Past and present challenges
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Distance education in small states: Conference proceedings
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Kingston, Jamaica
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University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre
Date of Publication
2000
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Abstract
Begins by briefly tracing the early beginnings of distance education in Antigua, when the University of the West Indies' 'Challenge Scheme' was first introduced. Examines the challenges of delivering and administering distance education during this twenty-two year period in three phases. The first describes and analyses the 'Challenge Scheme'. The second phase addresses the positive outcomes as well as the problems of the delivery of distance education via the teleconferencing mode of UWIDITE (now UWIDEC). The final phase is the current one where teleconferencing to distance learners has been greatly reduced and students are being encouraged to take a greater responsibility for their own learning, using instructional materials and packages that allow them to study and learn more on their own. Discusses pertinent issues, such as the gender imbalance in the distribution of distance learners in University of the West Indies programmes sourced in Antigua and introduces the concept of 'the culture of learning' in the Caribbean - a culture that makes it difficult for most of our students to become independent learners. Concludes that the University has more and varied distance education programmes.....
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