Wireless Technologies and e-Learning
Wireless Technologies and e-Learning: Bridging the Digital Divide
To narrow the digital divide in education, Intel® Innovation Centre is developing an array of information and communications technology (ICT) strategies and implementing e-Learning and wireless technologies. By taking advantage of developments in wireless standards and technologies—particularly in the areas of Wi-Fi*, Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), and mobile computing—ICTs offer opportunities to reach new audiences and extend the benefits of digital technology and e-Learning to previously unreachable populations.
To reach new audiences and extend the benefits of digital technology to previously unreachable populations, Intel® Innovation Centre is developing an array of information and communications technology (ICT) strategies as well as e-Learning programs using wireless technologies. ICT and e-Learning platforms provide alternative channels for improving the quality of education and extending its reach to broader audiences. A significant challenge in realizing the full promise of ICT worldwide has been lack of access, particularly in developing countries and in rural communities. Deploying traditional wired infrastructures in remote, sparsely populated areas has been commercially unfeasible and has created a huge financial barrier to getting these communities connected to the Internet. This limitation has created a “digital divide”—a gap between those able to benefit from digital technology and those who cannot. Although socio-economic factors are the primary cause of the digital divide, additional factors include differing levels of literacy and technical skills, social and legal constraints, as well as access to relevant, high-quality content. New ICT and e-Learning strategies and advances in wireless standards and technologies—particularly in the areas of Wi-Fi*, Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), and mobile computing—can help bridge the digital divide in education. Using open broadband wireless standards and implementing mobile computing architectures, we can:
Overcome the challenges of terrain, infrastructure, and finance to increase access
Deploy broadband quickly and cost-effectively to areas currently not served
Extend the benefits of digital education to previously unreachable populations