publication . Article . 2003

experimenting in distance education the african virtual university avu and the paradox of the world bank in kenya

M.N. Amutabi; M.O. Oketch;
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  • Published: 30 Jan 2003 Journal: International Journal of Educational Development, volume 23, pages 57-73 (issn: 0738-0593, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Abstract This article seeks to accomplish three objectives. The first is to interrogate the efficacy of the African Virtual University (AVU), which is a satellite and information technology (IT)-based distance education system, sponsored by the World Bank in Kenya. The second is to demonstrate the failures of the AVU and the reasons why this has been the case. The third is to give recommendations on how to improve the performance of the AVU in Kenya. It is our argument that whereas the project may have had good intentions, such as helping Africa to catch up technologically, it has failed in its infancy.
Subjects
free text keywords: Development, Sociology and Political Science, Education, Information technology, business.industry, business, Comparative education, Technology education, Sociology, Educational development, Economic growth, Distance education, Virtual university, Educational technology, Higher education
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