George Konetes, a graduate student in the Communications Media Department, will have his article published discussing the impact that distance education can have on developing nations. The article was accepted in The International Journal of Instructional Media for a 2011 publication date.
Konetes noted in his publication that several controversial issues affect how distance education is implemented. For example, some people rate distance education on how well it compares to traditional education, instead of how much it could benefit those in need. Konetes suggests in his article that we learn to judge the effectiveness of distance education by the standards of the nation we are trying to help, and not by our own. The increased education stimulates the growth of human capital (intelligence) in the developing nation, which can lead to economic improvement and self-sufficiency, he points out.
While there are financial concerns and technological constraints to placing a proper distance education system in a developing nation, it brings about many positive changes and benefits that are worth the effort, his article suggests. Konetes concludes his article by noting that countries in need are not looking for handouts for their educational system, but giving them a small jump-start could go a long way in raising the overall education and economic levels of developing nations.(Content written by Zachary Salopek.)