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Distance learning and higher education in West Francophone Africa : a university shaped from outside or renewed from inside ?

Loiret, PJ

Abstract:
Nowadays, in most papers on education in Africa, distance learning is adorned with all the virtues and then, would be able to modernize the educational systems, to open university to new public, to reduce the costs of education, to bring up to standard the teachers, to increase the access to higher education. Distance learning spreads in French-speaking western Africa, but how and why ? Distance learning mix opposite notions : interests and ideals, values and commercial objectives, economy of education and educational methods, deep impact and “fashion”  effect, individual initiatives and institutional wills.  Projects with continental vocation, as African virtual university of the World Bank, are next to more geographically and culturally targeted devices, as french-speaking digital campuses and more modest initiatives, locally supported by individuals more than by institutions. Our opening coarse interrogation is doubtless “ what is the use of distance learning in Africa ?”. And then reveals another one, more delicate : “ which ambitions does distance learning serve ?”. Our main research hypothesis is that distance teaching can serve both to shape the university from outside that to renew it from inside.

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Document Title: Distance learning and higher education in West Francophone Africa : a university shaped from outside or renewed from inside ?
Academic Department: Laboratoire CIVIIC
University: Université de Rouen (France)
City: Rouen
No. of Pages: 500


Date:2007
Document Type:Thesis (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Distance Learning, Higher Education, West Africa, Francophone Africa


File Size:10.45 MB
Rights:Author self-archived
Additional information:In french
Date Added:21 October 2008


Loiret, PJ (2007). Distance learning and higher education in West Francophone Africa : an university shaped from outside or renewed from inside ? PhD. thesis, Université de Rouen, France