Seven of the world's largest distance education universities—where students and faculty alike all use some form of computer-assisted learning—are located in developing countries. For these communities, educational resources available via the Internet can offer cutting-edge applications of cyberspace. Yet, roadblocks—from inadequate national communications infrastructures to teachers reluctant to adapt to e-learning—exist for the full success of online education for higher education. Meanwhile, the use of online delivery in corporate training is predicted to overtake higher education usage in developing countries, becoming an estimated $150 billion industry by 2025.
Our own first experiences with Online Education at PGP have been very positive in the last couple of years, with advantages clearly outweighing roadblocks. Online courses on Poverty topics are now regularly offered in our catalogue of activities. They allow us to reach more participants in more places, at a lower cost per participant, while maintaining or increasing the quality of the teaching and the individual attention to participants.