Using non-personal computers for eLearning: Sri Lankan experience

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Liyanagunawardena, Tharindu Rekha ; Adams, Andrew Alexander ; Rassool, Naz ; Williams, Shirley Ann (2013)
  • Publisher: Redfame Publishing
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.11114/jets.v1i2.96
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    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

Communal Internet access facilities or telecentres are considered a good way to provide connectivity to people who do not possess home connectivity. Attempts are underway to utilize telecentres as eLearning centres providing access to learning materials to students who would otherwise not be able to take up eLearning. This paper reports on the findings of qualitative interviews conducted with 18 undergraduate students from two Sri Lankan universities on their eLearning experiences using communal Internet access centres. The findings suggest that despite the efforts by telecentres to provide a good service to eLearners, there are various problems faced by students including: costs, logistics, scarcity of resources, connectivity speeds, excessive procedures, and lack of support. The experiences of these Sri Lankan students suggest that there is much that needs to be understood about user perspectives in using telecentres, which could help formulate better policies and strategies to support eLearners who depend on communal access facilities.
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