What Role Can Educational Multimedia Play In Narrowing The Digital Divide?

Macleod, Hilary J. (2005) What Role Can Educational Multimedia Play In Narrowing The Digital Divide? International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 1(4).

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This paper explores the assertion that the development of educational multimedia has a key role to play in effectively reducing the impacts of the digital divide particularly in the context of developing nations. This assertion is based on the premise that the global diffusion of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) should not be guided by a technologically deterministic approach but situated in the context of an appropriate development and critical theory of technology approach, which takes into account a broad range of social, cultural, political and economic enabling factors. Such an approach is a feature of a social and community informatics framework. Within this context, facilitating the development of electronic literacy, culturally relevant online content and interfaces through the development of educational multimedia can assist the process of social inclusion within developing countries. Before examining the role of educational multimedia in this context, the paper critically analyses the concept of the digital divide and why Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have come to be seen as the panacea to the problems of global development.

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ID Code: 3261
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ICT, developing countries, digital divide, educational multimedia
ISSN: 1814-0556
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Hilary J. Macleod
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 12:38

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