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Multi-casting in mountainous regions of developing countries: analysis through ICT, institutions, and capabilities perspectives
Robert Gordon University, School of Computing Science and Digital Media.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Overcoming shortages of teachers or teachers with required skills and experience is a major challenge in rural schools in the global south. We investigate a classroom video conference multi-casting project under development by the Nepal Wireless Networking Project. Our case study draws on one-to-one interviews and focus group discussions from three areas and 10 village research sites in Nepal. An analytical framework which combines the capability approach, institutions theory and ICTs is used. We found that multi-casting projects in the health domain (eHealth projects) focus on capacity building for rural health workers. Despite concerns about the quality of health outreach workers, they were central to eHealth project design. In contrast, teachers were not afforded such a central role in the classroom multi-casting project. Teachers were being sidelined or replaced, rather than being seen as an essential asset to the project. The main contribution of this paper is to enhance understanding of how multi-casting projects can enable or inhibit educational capabilities with regard to health and education in mountainous regions of developing countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 3327-3336 p., 6759014
Keyword [en]
Statistics, computer and systems science - Informatics, computer and systems science
Keyword [sv]
Statistik, data- och systemvetenskap - Informatik, data- och systemvetenskap
Research subject
Computer and Systems Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-29837DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.412Local ID: 372bf8bd-658a-4f4e-a055-ca98a9ebfe54OAI: diva2:1003063
Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences : 06/01/2014 - 09/01/2014
Godkänd; 2014; 20130911 (devtha)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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