Opportunities and Policy Challenges of Distance Learning in Western Balkans
Thursday 16 May 2013
We were very pleased to welcome a CDE Fellow, Dr Endrit Kromidha (Royal Holloway), to Senate House for a CDE lunchtime seminar. The session focused on how ICT can have a positive impact in a developing context and how online learning can be related to policies for development, in particular as experienced in the Western Balkans.
Many achievements in technology and information systems have made possible the improvement of public services. However, in many countries, education remains behind some other sectors, regardless of its purpose towards future generations or the resources spent therein. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the opportunities and policy challenges of distance learning in a developing region’s context. The discussion will start with a general overview of new democracies and countries in the Western Balkans. Secondly, this study intends to analyse how online distance learning has evolved and can guide educational policy for higher access and development. Finally, the presentation intends to open a discussion on the policy challenges and their implementation in practice. The research is based on specific numbers and figures taken from reports on Western Balkan countries.
Dr Endrit Kromidha is a researcher and a Teaching Fellow in Technology Information Management and Strategy / International Business in the School of Management – Royal Holloway University of London. He has a special interest on e-government transformations, international aid on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), project management, e-education policies, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. Endrit is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), an associate member of the British Academy of Higher Education, and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education, University of London International Programmes. In 2011 Endrit was awarded the Royal Holloway Postgraduate Teaching Commendation for his contribution in peer-to-peer online collaboration, argumentation structure and specific-general combined feedback for distance teaching and academic tutorship.