Embracing e-learning: Higher Education Institutions in Sri Lanka

Kulari De Silva, Michael Keppell

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    Abstract

    Sri Lanka, a developing country is attempting to embrace e-learning to increase the opportunities for learners to continue with lifelong learning. Due to limited capacities in conventional universities many secondary school students who qualify to enter the state universities do not get the opportunity to continue their higher studies. To overcome this problem the government has taken steps to initiate course delivery via e-learning. The higher education institutions in Sri Lanka have started embracing e-learning for mainstream course delivery. However, there are many developments and requirements such as infrastructure, training, resources and skilled personnel to complete a successful delivery This paper discusses the current initiatives in Sri Lanka and how the initiatives have benefited the students to excel in their education in spite of their geographic location. The benefits gained by the community are also discussed with examples. Plausible enhancements in e-learning teaching and learning environment in Sri Lankan higher education institutions are addressed suggesting ways and means to increase the learning facilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-110
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Learning
    Volume16
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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