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Improvements in access/ lifelong learning: dual mode example at the University of Mauritius

Parahoo, S.K. Azad; Fagoonee, I

Abstract:

The establishment of a Distance Learning Centre/Department in any traditional and elitist University is fraught with challenges and resistance.  Not only does the Centre/Department need to establish its academic and administrative credibility, it is also imperative for it to be perceived as an essential part of mainstream academic activities.

This paper attempts to show the success story of the Centre for Distance Learning at the University of Mauritius.  It highlights the challenges and constraints facing the champions at the initial stage of the project, and the strategies adopted to reduce the obstacles.  The lessons learnt are in the form of advice and tips to Universities that intend to set up Distance Learning Divisions in their organizations.  It is, in fact, an illuminating case study on Change Management in a highly conservative set-up.

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Title of Paper: Improvements in access/ lifelong learning: dual mode example at the University of Mauritius
Conference Name: Improving Tertiary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Things That Work!
Conference Date: 2003-09-23
Conference Location: Accra, Ghana
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2003
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Mauritius
Keywords:University of Mauritius, Access to Higher Education, Distance Learning, Change Management, Constraints


File Size:66 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author
Additional information:This conference was sponsored by the World Bank
Date Added:30 July 2008


Parahoo, S.K. Azad; Fagoonee, I (2003). Improvements in access/lifelong learning: dual mode example at the University of Mauritius Presented at the Regional Training Conference on Improving Tertiary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Things That Work!, Accra, September 23-25