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Balasubramanian K.,Commonwealth of Learning | Daniel J.,Commonwealth of Learning
Acta Horticulturae | Year: 2011

This paper examines the relevance of the current theoretical perspectives in extension for promoting horticultural revolution in developing countries. At present agricultural education and extension occurs within a framework inspired by the green revolution. This paper analyses the inadequacy of this approach from two theoretical perspectives and proposes an alternative framework. It describes the relevance of the alternative framework of the Lifelong Learning for Farmers initiatives of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in developing countries. In particular it stresses the role of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in enabling extension systems to address the dynamics of horticulture. Source

Kanwar A.,Commonwealth of Learning | Kodhandaraman B.,Commonwealth of Learning | Umar A.,Commonwealth of Learning
American Journal of Distance Education | Year: 2010

One of the emerging issues in educational discourse today is the development and use of Open Education Resources (OER) and their potential in expanding access and improving the quality of education, particularly in developing countries where there is a dearth of quality materials. This article seeks to contribute to the debate on OER. It critically examines the experiences of the Commonwealth of Learning in the creation and dissemination of OER and identifies lessons learned. It also suggests concrete ways in which various stakeholders can contribute to the sustainability of OER. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

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