“Low-Tech” and “Cutting Edge” Learner-Centered Technologies for Global Education

By Francis A. Harvey.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper will examine a number of issues related to the effective use of technology to promote global education. The paper will examine issues related to planning, designing, and developing learner-centered, technology-facilitated instructional materials in a variety of situations. The situations examined include both “first-world” situations and situations in developing countries. Case studies of technology-facilitated education in first-world and in developing countries will be analyzed. A number of potential strategies for technology-facilitated education will be described and analyzed. A number of planning and design issues and recommendations for adapting to change in the future will also be presented.

Keywords: Global Education Economics, Technology-Based Education, Knowledge Societies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, e-Learning, Distance Education, Higher Education, Online Education, Education of Women, Learner-centered Technologies, Higher Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.69-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 515.422KB).

Dr. Francis A. Harvey

School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Francis A. Harvey is Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Co-Director of the Global and International Education program in the School of Education, Drexel University (USA). Prior to coming to Drexel, Harvey held a joint appointment in Lehigh University’s College of Education and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and served as Associate Director for Education at the National Science Foundation’s ATLSS Engineering Research Center. Harvey has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Secondary Education (Physics) from SUNY at Geneseo, N.Y., and an Ed.D. in Science Education from Harvard University. He has taught science, mathematics, science education, math education, educational technology and related subjects at every level from kindergarten to Ph.D. courses in the United States and Ghana. He has also designed, developed and evaluated math and science television programs for PBS and commercial television and served as project director for several corporate and K-12 multimedia training projects. His research interests are related to learning, technology, and change and the interactions among them. Current particular research activities focus on globalization and its impact on education and on the role of emerging technologies in promoting and facilitating change in individuals and institutions.

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