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The Development of Distributed Learning Techniques in Bhutan and Nepal

  • Frank Rennie Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, Scotland
  • Robin Mason The Open University
Keywords: Distributed education, Nepal, Bhutan, pedagogy

Abstract

This paper discusses research and development work currently being conducted with universities in Bhutan and Nepal to design appropriate systems for distance and distributed learning courses among a network of campus sites. Although working from a high level of awareness of pedagogic skills, staff in the region face two significant impediments in the adoption of a more open culture of learning. Firstly, Internet access is improving rapidly, but is still generally too weak and inconsistent to allow any reliance on net-based learning solutions. Secondly, the academic culture is resistant to the recognition of the value of open-learning degrees, with subsequent difficulties in re-designing course materials for a more educationally flexible, student-centred learning environment. Some current pilot initiatives in distributed learning are described. Methods for addressing these two impediments are discussed.

Author Biographies

Frank Rennie, Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, Scotland
Prof. Frank Rennie is Head of Research and Postgraduate Development at Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, Scotland, UK. Prof. Rennie's email address is: frank.rennie@lews.uhi.ac.uk
Robin Mason, The Open University
Prof. Robin Mason is a Full Professor at Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, United Kingdom (OUUK). Prof. Mason's email address is: r.d.mason@open.ac.uk
Published
2007-03-16
How to Cite
Rennie, F., & Mason, R. (2007). The Development of Distributed Learning Techniques in Bhutan and Nepal. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v8i1.339