Tele-education

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Introduction

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Tele-education can be defined as "education in which students receive instruction over the Internet, from a video, etc., instead of going to school."[1] Also known as E-learning, it "comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. The information and communication systems, whether networked learning or not, serve as specific media to implement the learning process.[1] The term will still most likely be utilized to reference out-of-classroom and in-classroom educational experiences via technology, even as advances continue in regard to devices and curriculum. E-learning is essentially the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual education opportunities and digital collaboration. Content is delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM. It can be self-paced or instructor-led and includes media in the form of text, image, animation, streaming video and audio. Abbreviations like CBT (Computer-Based Training), IBT (Internet-Based Training) or WBT (Web-Based Training) have been used as synonyms to e-learning. Today one can still find these terms being used, along with variations of e-learning such as elearning, Elearning, and eLearning.[2]

Primary

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Basic Literacy and Numercy

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Introductory schooling

Secondary

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Technology

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Science

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Languages

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Arts

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Social Sciences

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Physical education

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Philosophy

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Tertiary

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Technology

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Science

Swinburne Astronomy Online
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"Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO) is a fully online postgraduate degree program in astronomy. It concentrates on the fundamental concepts of and key issues in contemporary astronomy. Designed for science educators and communicators, people working in astronomy related fields, amateur astronomers, and anyone with a love of astronomy, SAO concentrates on building student's skills at communicating their science knowledge to others. Students join SAO in order to enhance their qualifications with a Master of Science in Astronomy, or to simply study one or more introductory-level astronomy units."[3]

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Physical education

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Philosophy

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University

Pan-African E-Network Project

Pan-African E-Network Project

The School for Computing and Information Technology (CIT)in Uganda is taking lead in the implementation of the Pan-African E-Network Project on Tele-Education. As part of the Project, two VSat antennas were set up at CIT. The VSAT Connectivity was successfully tested for Audio, Video & Data Transmission for the Uganda ~ Senegal ~ India Route on September 24, 2008 at following Centers: Patient End Location, Mulago Hospital; Regional University Centre, Makerere University; and Learning Centre, Makerere University.

Under the Regional Leading University for the Pan-African E-Network Project, Makerere University was selected by the African Union to be the ICT Centre of excellence for Eastern Africa region and is mandated to oversee ICT African Union Initiatives in 13 countries on Tele-Education project.

Five Universities in Africa one in each of the five regions of Africa i.e. Eastern, Southern, Central, Western and Northern were selected. In addition, Uganda in general and Makerere University, Faculty of Computing and IT was selected as the HUB among the five lead universities. The 53 African countries are to connected as one network through satellite, fiber optics and wireless links providing electronic and knowledge connectivity to the African nations based on the connectivity mission. As a HUB Uganda is in charge of equipment for use by the 53 countries for the PAN-African E-Network. It will also use this sophisticated equipment to broadcast local content all over Uganda and thus provide education for all at all levels of formal education in addition to informal education. Overall the project is worth 200 million dollars funded by the Indian Government and African Union. Under this project Makerere University has received equipment worth 20Million Dollars (CIT, 2012) [4].


Pan-African Tele Education Project: Main Features

Output of the Pan-African Tele-Education Project
  1. The Tele-Education connectivity will enable 5 African Regional Leading Universities to be connected to the Hub via a 2mbbs broadband/VSAT (forward/uplink 2mbps/Return/downlink 512kbps) to 53 Remote Virtual Classes distributed in all the 53 countries.
  2. Seven universities from India will be connected via IPLC to the Hub located in Africa. India will host a Tele-Education LMS portal comprising the university Tele-Education delivery system software that will incorporate the e-Learning, content management KMS (knowledge Management System) and digital library solutions for each university as an integrated package.
  3. All information about courses, Universities and learning Centers in India will be accessed from the portal. Each of the seven universities in India will be having the synchronous Tele-Education system for live virtual classroom and will be linked to the central data center at TCIL with 2Mbps leased line link.
  4. Each remote terminal will also access the Internet through the VSAT connectivity.
  5. Access to the Tele-Education will be possible from anywhere with an Internet connection for other registered student/users. Online and offline lecture sessions will be provided under the Tele-Education network. After a live session, the session will be recorded in a knowledge management system for offline Access.
  6. The content management software will be flexible, scalable, and configurable. The African Universities will be able to configure and generate their own local content designed for local need.
  7. Each regional university will be able to host its own local content on their own servers, if capacity permits.
  8. The Tele-Education systems can integrate with different modes of learning within the African universities. The e-Learning Platform will be able to source for e-Learning content in other areas as the requirements demand.



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Technology

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Science

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Languages

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Arts

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Social Sciences

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Physical education

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References

  1. Dictionary.com website http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/distance+learning
  2. E-learnig Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-learning#cite_note-0
  3. Swinburne Astronomy Online website http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/
  4. CIT, 2012.[online].http://cit.mak.ac.ug/index.php/projects-a-collaborations/257
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