Comments

Comment on the Resource   Post a comment on this item

Statistics

This resource has been visited 810 times

This resource has been downloaded 132 times

Access, efficiency, and equity considerations of the World Bank's African Virtual University project:a case study of Kenya

Nafukho, Frederick

Abstract:

This paper seeks to accomplish four objectives. The first is to examine the historical development of AVU; an information technology (IT) distance learning project initiated by the World Bank in Kenya and now in over thirty sub-Saharan African countries. The second is to evaluate access, efficiency and equity implications of the World Bank's education policies in Africa with special attention to Kenya. The third is to critically examine the success and failures of the AVU as a crossborder delivery method of higher education. The fourth is to provide a model for design and successful delivery of international virtual learning programmes. To achieve these objectives a critical analysis of relevant literature was conducted. The literature search included computerized search of accessible and available material on A AVU and distance education in Africa, manual search of existing literature, and communication with key subject matter experts to locate published and unpublished studies. The results of the study show that AVU's design and implementation in Africa was flawed like many other World Bank education projects. While distance learning should lower costs of higher education, this is not the case in Kenya. A model for design and successful delivery of online partnership programmes is recommended.  

 

Full text available as: Pdf

 


Title of Paper: Access, efficiency, and equity considerations of the World Bank's African Virtual University project:a case study of Kenya
Conference Location: Accra, Ghana


Date:2005
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Kenya
Keywords:Distance Learning, Virtual Learning, Virtual Universities, Kenya, Information Technology, African Virtual University, Online Learning, Critiques, World Bank Policies, World Bank Projects


File Size:285 KB
Rights:Association of African Universities
Additional information:Paper presented at the 11th AAU General Conference, 21-25 February 2005, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Added:11 January 2007


Nafukho, Fredrick (2005). Access, efficiency, and equity considerations of the World Bank's African Virtual University project: a case study of Kenya. In 11th AAU general conference: cross-border provision and the future of higher education in Africa 2005. Accra, Ghana: Association of African Universities.