A Franchise Model for Distance Learning in Developing Countries

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Students in developing countries have limited availability of technology, thus restricting their access to educational content. This presentation addresses how to develop a low cost effective model that provides better educational benefits for students in developing countries and ways to finance so that it is sustainable. The proposed model is a franchise model with corporations operating as franchise. The model consists of a Distance Learning Center (DLC) as central hub and many local DLC's whose number can be expanded as per demands of population. Various models are studied to deliver educational content from organizations to users. The advantages and drawbacks of each of these models are presented. Finding a suitable distance learning infrastructure will bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries. Franchise models have way of doing business where the franchiser has the main charge of governing business and for agreed royalty the franchises would manage the day-day operations.

Keywords: Distance Learning, Education, Developing Countries, Franchise Model
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Franchise Model for Distance Learning in Developing Countries, A

Dr. Meena Srinivasan

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems, University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA

I have a Ph.D. in Information Technology and Master's degree in Operations Research and Applied Statistics from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. I am currently employed as Assistant Professor at University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia where I teach courses in Computer Information Systems and Management. I have held teaching positions at various Universities and was formerly employed at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. My research interests include Information Security, Distance Learning, and Telecommunications. At University of Mary Washington, I have won two Faculty grants titled “Enterprise Resource Planning Curriculum Initiative through SAP” and “Academic Alliance with IBM”.

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