Learning with Technology: Experiences of Using an Online Environment to Promote Democracy in Caribbean Classrooms
Thursday, March 10 2:45 PM-3:05 PM
With the advances in electronic technology where computers and other electronic resources such as the Internet are becoming more widely available, online learning is becoming a viable option for many in the Caribbean who for whatever reason find it difficult pursue education in a face-to-face mode. This however does not come without challenges. This paper report experiences of 262 Caribbean educators who signed up for an online course designed to promote democracy in classrooms. Data reported here were collected by questionnaire and interviews, as well as from the course’s online site. Activities, successes and challenges of the course participants as they learned about democratic principles and values in an online environment are presented. Evidence suggests that though the participants who completed the course benefited from the experience, they had some challenges to overcome, including dealing with loneliness associated with learning via this mode, and that we suggest goes against the nature of communication and learning in the Caribbean context.