E-Learning Solutions for A Changing Global Market. An Analysis of Two Comparative Case Studies

Allan LAWRENCE, Christopher BAMBER, Enis ELEZI

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This paper investigates the models and acceptability of e-learning to the emerging student markets for higher education institutions (HEIs) from the more developed countries (MDCs) and seeks to evaluate the different models of delivery from a practical and a socio-economic perspective. The research also investigates the impact of the shifts in population growth and the subsequent impact upon the levels of demand from students in less developed countries (LDCs) for HE. In addition, through case study review methods the logistical and quality factors affecting e-learning are critically evaluated, looking at the aspects of academic rigor, plagiarism and the methods of managing the originality and authenticity of student work. Similarly, the research considers the viability of situations where the education provider may never physically meet the students through the exclusive use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), and the possible credibility issues that this may present to institutional and awarding body reputations.


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