Piloting the use of a virtual learning environment in rural community schools
One of the challenges that African governments have had to grapple with in their quest for attaining Education For All (EFA) goals is the provision of access to quality education for rural communities. The use of virtual learning environments (VLE) has therefore generally been adopted by some governments as a means to promoting and scaling access to quality education. However, it is critical for decision makers to understand the potential of VLE in the educational sector and thus they have the task of supporting and evaluating VLEs for distance education. A study that focused on rural communities in Ghana, for instance, examined the use of VLE to support teaching and learning in rural communities. Teaching with a learning management system, Moodle and a web-conferencing application, WizIQ were introduced in a pilot project. Although there is empirical evidence that this technology-mediated delivery of teaching raised learners’ motivation, increased their e-literacy level and ICT awareness, there are still significant challenges that need to be addressed as revealed by Najim Ussiph in his presentation at the 2013 1st International Conference of the African Virtual University.