A Franchise Model for Distance Learning in Developing Countries
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
Dr. Meena Srinivasan
Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems, University of Mary Washington