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Gender and Global E-Learning, September 12, 2002, in Collaboration with the ISN QuickStart Program

September 12, 2002, in Collaboration with the ISN QuickStart Program

E-learning could be an effective way for both men and women in developing countries to acquire knowledge and skills by overcoming distance and time constraints. E-learning is offered through a variety of ICTs such as CD Roms, web-based applications, e-mails, video conferencing, and teleconferencing. However, there may be issues and barriers to the participation of girls and women in E-learning. Dr. Fillip's discussion focused on the implications for gender sensitive course design and delivery. Other key points of her discussion included women's access to courses; gender differences in participation and online interactions; and gender differences in learning outcomes. Some interesting feedback on her course, "ICTs for Developing Countries" at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Graduate School, were introduced.

Presenter: Dr. Barbara Fillip, President, Knowledge for Development, LLC

Discussants:
Dr. Anne S. Walker, Executive Director, International Women's Tribune Center (IWTC); Dr. Janice Brodman, Director of the Center for Innovative Technologies at the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC); and Ms. Sonia Jorge, Consultant

Chair: Mr. Motoo Kusakabe, VP of Resource Mobilization and Co-financing, the World Bank

Bios of speaker and discussants:

Dr. Barbara Fillip
Dr. Fillip is the founder and president of Knowledge for Development, LLC, a small company recently established to develop new courses and help other organizations develop sustainable and cost-effective approaches to e-learning for developing countries. Dr. Fillip has a broad background in international development and has specialized in ICTs for Development as a consultant for the past five years.

Dr. Anne S. Walker, Executive Director, International Women's Tribune Center (IWTC)
Dr. Walker updated us on the results from a pilot programme loaded onto computers at telecentres in Uganda, for rural women farmers with little or no education. Produced as a CD-ROM, "Rural Women in Africa: Ideas for Earning Money," was developed by IWTC with support from IDRC/East and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, and with the active involvement of community groups in Kampala and the rural women themselves. The programme shares information on ideas for increasing their ability to make money, using case studies from Dr. Margaret Snyder's research on Uganda business-women, and starting with what the women currently have, e.g. a cow, a plot of land, a roadside stall. The women click the computer mouse on graphics and/or text and a voice speaks in their local language.

Dr. Janice Brodman, Director of the Center for Innovative Technologies at the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a nonprofit organization established by Harvard and MIT faculty. She is actively engaged in helping organizations around the world expand the successful use of information, communications and training technologies to achieve their goals.

Ms. Sonia Jorge
Ms. Jorge is a consultant and has been involved in the telecommunications reform process for about 12 years. Her work focuses on communications policy, regulatory frameworks, universal service and access in the context of development, and gender analysis and awareness in the process of planning for ICT. Recent projects include the development of national policies for the governments of Mozambique and Sri Lanka, the design and implementation plan of the Telecommunications Development Fund for the Dominican Republic, the development of a training curriculum on gender perspectives in telecommunications policy for the UN-ITU, technical assistance to the Bolivian regulator, and the Telecentre Implementation Plan for the Republic of South Africa. She was raised in Angola and is a Portuguese citizen.

 




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