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Title: E-learning and wellbeing of those in poverty in Bangladesh
Author: Muzareba, Abureza M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 7066
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2016
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Despite increased use of e-learning in formal learning, those in poverty in rural Bangladesh have inadequate idea of it and its usefulness in their lived reality. My research examines how e-learning can support to enhance their sense of wellbeing. I conducted a qualitative case study to understand: how capability development is related to e-learning, the resource requirements for e-learning, the roles of community, and social embeddedness aspects of e-learning. Drawing on the concept of capability approach, I developed my arguments based on the views shared by respective users of e-learning, project officials, government officials and experts in the areas of ICT and development. My research shows that, in principle, e-learning can foster rural people's wellbeing by offering freedom of learning through ICT. In the process of learning and developing awareness, skills, and knowledge, e-learning can help them to deal with labour intensive lifestyles, poor economic status, gender inequalities, and limited institutional provisions for informal and formal means of learning. However, it depends on certain vital factors to work as a means of wellbeing in rural Bangladesh. These are: access to ICT, trust, local support, content, and funding. It needs a particular configuration of these factors with a specific arrangement of the related resources, in a setting where social embeddedness aspects are appropriately integrated. However, it is effective only when a trusted knowledgeable local support is involved who can support a framework of informed e-learning - which is my key claim in this research. This distinctive local support can assist rural people with access to e-learning, making sense of the content, and trusted access to new knowledge, to enable them take informed approach towards elearning. This framework of informed e-learning provides a means of understanding how rural people in Bangladesh want e-learning as a means of wellbeing in their lived realities.
Supervisor: Wessels, Bridgette Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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