Elitism Redux? Newly-Excluded E-Learners

Susan Smith Nash writes at xplanazine about what happens when state-of-the-art e-learning technologies come to exclude people more than integrating them in the education system.

It is highly applicable to e-learning in underdeveloped regions, though Susan Smith goes one step beyond and his point of view can affect you, you and you.

I really like what she calls “Second Generation Digital Divide” as it is an aspect of daily debate in cooperation for development circles too: there’s no way sending your old desktop to the third world if they won’t be able to run it with the latest operating system version or text editor and spreadsheet.

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2004) “Elitism Redux? Newly-Excluded E-Learners” In ICTlogy, #15, December 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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  1. You’re providing a very valuable service with this incredible resource. I really admire what you are doing. Thank you very much for your thoughtful response to the ideas about newly excluded e-learners. I completely agree with you — and, think that some of the issues involved with accessibility for people with disabilities definitely apply to development as well.

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