The Case for VLE in Life-long Learning, Capacity Building and Poverty Reduction

Najim Ussiph

Published in Volume 2 - Number 3, April 2017


Subject Area : Information Science

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Najim Ussiph (2017). The Case for VLE in Life-long Learning, Capacity Building and Poverty Reduction. Circulation in Computer Science, 2, 3 (April 2017), 29-36.

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The study seeks to find more efficient and sustainable ways to support life-long learning with ICT in the Ghanaian rural setting, to explore the possible impact of using Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support teaching and learning in rural community to promote consistent capacity building of residents, the impact of improved access to ICT on information literacy, usage and employability in the rural communities.

Action Case Study method – a hybrid extension to Action Case method was adopted as the appropriate research method for this study. Cycles were carefully planned, implementation and observations were made and data collected using participant observations, interviews, and focus group.

A multi-system pedagogy was adapted for the introduced technology-mediated learning. It was found out that level of technology available was unable to support content delivery using web conferencing; however, participants were able to take advantage of Moodle courseware aspect to improve learning and enrich learning experience. In addition, the study showed that technology-mediated delivery of teaching and learning raised facilitators and learners’ motivation, increased e-literacy level and information awareness of participants. The intervention opened avenues for employability of participants as well as socio-economic prospects for residents but revealed challenges that needed both public and private support.

Keywords: Virtual Learning Environment, VLE, ICT, e-literacy, Moodle, WizIQ, Life-long Learning, Learning Experience, Capacity building


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