Embracing e-Learning: Higher Education Institutions in Sri Lanka

By Kulari De Silva Lokuge.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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.

Keywords: e-Learning, Sri Lanka, Higher Education, Distance Education Modernization Project, Management

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp.103-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.230MB).

Dr Kulari De Silva Lokuge

Senior Lecturer, Information Systems, Informatics Institute of Technology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Currently employed at Informatics Institute of Technology Colombo Sri Lanka. From 2001 to 2007 was working for Holemsglen institute of TAFE in Melbourne. In 2005 started reading for Doctor for Information Technology - Charles Sturt University, Australia. In the past 10 years gathered experience in flexible learning as a student, teacher, facilitator, developer, instructional designer, coordinator and team leader. Combining the experience and research, progressing in developing better management practices in e-learning resource development and delivery. The current role involves in teaching under graduate students, supporting, training, and assisting academics to develop e-learning solutions and find ways to deliver their content flexibly and innovatively.

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