Brokering Distance Education Relationships for Capacity-building: A Case Study of the British Council

William Mitchell (William.Mitchell@britishcouncil.org) and Liz Dempsey (Liz.Dempsey@britishcouncil.org)
British Council, Distance Learning Team, Education and Training Group
Bridgewater House, 58 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6BB, UK
(http://www.britishcouncil.org)
An earlier version of this article was presented at the third EDEN Research Conference,
held at the Carl von Ossietsky University, Oldenburg, Germany, March 2004

Abstract

A challenge for any European country trying to modernise and develop an effective workforce is a lack of capacity in delivering education to its people. Distance learning presents two possible routes to a solution: making up the shortfall by allowing foreign education providers to deliver their courses by distance learning or building up capacity in the local education system through distance learning delivery.

The paper examines how one particular agency, the British Council, helps countries with their capacity-building needs by brokering relationships with the UK. Relationships are described from the individual learner level through to the systemic institution-institution level. The motivations underlying brokering are examined from both the UK and overseas perspectives. The mechanisms of brokering used by British Council and the impact on these of funding sources are examined.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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