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Distance Learning alone doesn't work!

Our experience in Africa has been that students doing distance learning/on line courses will drop out if they don't meet together for help.

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The human, social element seems to be forgotten sometimes when people are encouraged into distance learning. Although this looks technologically great, we have found people need time to talk together face to face and share ideas and challenges. This is being ignored in some programs.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

This fact should resonate with anybody providing distance learning.

This idea emerged from:

  • A Design Jam or Workshop event

Tell us about your work experience:

I train Africans who have finished Secondary school to help them get degrees.


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To Joseph, yes, I'm sure online discussion groups help - but many African countries don't have great bandwidth for that so not always practical. Yes, probably their appointed tutor could help keep them encouraged, but the personal contact still seems to be needed.

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