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dc.contributor.authorGarcía Almiñana, Jordi
dc.contributor.authorSomé, Michel
dc.contributor.authorAyguadé Parra, Eduard
dc.contributor.authorCabré Garcia, José M.
dc.contributor.authorCasany Guerrero, María José
dc.contributor.authorFrigola Bourlon, Manel
dc.contributor.authorGalanis, Nikolaos
dc.contributor.authorGarcía-Cervigon Gutiérrez, Manuel
dc.contributor.authorGuerrero Zapata, Manel
dc.contributor.authorMuñoz Gracia, María del Pilar
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Arquitectura de Computadors
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Organització d'Empreses
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria de Serveis i Sistemes d'Informació
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria de Sistemes, Automàtica i Informàtica Industrial
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Estadística i Investigació Operativa
dc.contributor.otherInstitut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya
dc.identifier.citationGarcia, J. [et al.]. IT or not to be: the impact of Moodle in the education of developing countries. A: Moodle Research Conference. "1st Moodle Research Conference: Heraklion, Crete-Greece, September 14-15, 2012: conference proceedings". Crete: 2012, p. 182-185.
dc.description.abstractE-learning environments, such as Moodle, provide a technology that fosters the improvement of the educational system in developed countries, where education is traditionally performed with relatively high standards of quality. A large number of case studies and research have been conducted to demonstrate how e-learning technologies can be applied to improve both training and learning processes. However, these technologies have not been proved efficient when applied to developing countries. The challenges that must be addressed in developing countries, both technological and societal, are much more complex and the possible solution margins are more constrained than those existing in the context where these technologies have been created. In this paper we show how Moodle can be used to improve the quality of education in developing countries and, even more important, how can be used to turn the educational system more sustainable and effective in the long-term. We describe our experience in implementing a programming course in Moodle for the Higher School of Informatics at the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso, in Burkina Faso (West Africa), joining efforts with local professors in designing and implementing the learning system. The case example has been designed having in mind a number of contextual problems: lack of lecturers, excessive teaching hours per lecturer, massive classes, and curricula organization and stability, among others. We finally discuss how the teaching effort is reduced, the students’ knowledge and capacity improves, and the institutional academic model can be guaranteed with the proposal. For this reason, we claim that information technologies in developing countries are a cost-effective way to guarantee the objectives originally defined in the academic curricula and, therefore, deal with the problem of the education.
dc.format.extent4 p.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Ensenyament i aprenentatge
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Informàtica
dc.subject.lcshDeveloping countries
dc.subject.lcshInternet in education
dc.subject.otherEducation in developing countries
dc.subject.otherProgramming course
dc.titleIT or not to be: the impact of Moodle in the education of developing countries
dc.typeConference lecture
dc.subject.lemacPaïsos en vies de desenvolupament
dc.subject.lemacInternet en l'ensenyament
dc.subject.lemacMoodle (Programes d'ordinador)
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. CAP - Grup de Computació d'Altes Prestacions
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. SUSHITOS - Grup de recerca en serveis per a tecnologies d'informació socials, ubiqües i humanístiques, i per a software lliure
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GRINS - Grup de Recerca en Robòtica Intel·ligent i Sistemes
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. CNDS - Xarxes de Computadors i Sistemes Distribuïts
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. LIAM - Laboratori de Modelització i Anàlisi de la Informació
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (published version)
local.citation.authorGarcia, J.; Somé, M.; Ayguade, E.; Cabre, J.; Casañ, M.; Frigola, M.; Galanis, N.; Garcia-Cervigon, M.; Guerrero, M.; Muñoz, M.P.
local.citation.contributorMoodle Research Conference
local.citation.publicationName1st Moodle Research Conference: Heraklion, Crete-Greece, September 14-15, 2012: conference proceedings

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