ALIGNING VIRTUAL LEARNING TECHNOLOGY ENGAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – A CASE OF INSIDE CAMPUS
Bernard, Ogolla O.
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Economic development in the context of education is the practice and philosophy of generating measurable economic returns in communities through the institutions of learning engagement in the provision of education and learning for sustainability. Evidence suggests that the diffusion of knowledge from engaged institutions of learning promotes economic recovery through the creation of innovative and highly adaptive environments. This can lead to the economic revitalization of communities as creative incubators, employers and local investors. A learning economy that focuses on new knowledge is essential to the overall economic strength of a country, and therefore institutions of learning can lead the way by supporting innovative venture capital projects, advancing applied research, and encouraging campuses and communities to build on existing assets. Rapid development of computer networks and information technologies, especially the Internet and World Wide Web promotes electronic learning and distance education. Education programs delivery via virtual learning environments is a convenient form of education for learners who want to learn from home whenever they want. Virtual learning environments also provide unified information and knowledge sharing, enhances on campus pedagogic innovations and organizational change, removes the stigma associated with learning, removes the learning barriers related to infrastructure, cost effective and acts as a means of revenue generation