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Towards Scalable Digital Skills Training in Resource-Constrained Environments
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In a context of high unemployment and marked gender inequality, online education for women becomes a niche with great potential in Haiti. Returns to education are particularly high in ICT-intensive jobs and IT outsourcing offers concrete opportunities for remote employment, providing alternatives for economic diversification and job creation that are particularly relevant for youth and women. The problem faced in many developing countries, such as Haiti, is that traditional models, architectures and platforms for online learning do not lend themselves well to their context as typical assumptions about the availability of adequate civil and digital infrastructure, and the evolution of social and cul-tural habits towards normative behaviors in the digital economy are rigorously challenged. Therefore, it becomes important to develop platforms suited to their context. This has motivated the research ques-tion that this paper seeks to address, namely “What is the appropriate Architecture that supports learn-ing strategies for delivering scalable digital skills training in a resource constrained environment?”
This research paper proposes an architecture that was developed specifically for blended learning in resource constrained environments and describes how a prototype for this was designed, built and de-ployed in Haiti.
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