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Taking the mountain to Mohammed: Distance education for all
Distance Education Centre, University of the West Indies
Distance education in small states: Conference proceedings
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University of the West Indies, Distance Education Centre
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Small states are not homogenous, even though there is a tendency to think of them as being so. Indeed, the very concept of small is relative and therefore not very helpful analytically. This paper argues that when applied to distance education, smallness (however defined) is not always a disadvantage. The particular mix of technologies and methodologies required for effective distance education programmes in such states will be influenced by factors such as population size, i.e. demand, geography and topography; the objectives of distance education programmes, infrastructure and other available resources. While cutting edge media technologies open up enormous global possibilities for the University of the West Indies as a service provider in the area of distance education, the development of appropriate distance education strategies should be informed in the first instance by the socioeconomic and cultural reality of the Caribbean and only secondarily by such cutting edge technologies. Failure to order our priorites accordingly can result in the wasting of scarce resources and a widening of the knowledge gap between a small elite and the majority of the region's citizens.....