EdTec Implementation in a global higher education network: Empirical data from a field study in South Asia

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This paper examines the appropriateness of using educational technologies
toward increasing flexibility of learning in a global higher education in
South Asia. The integration of information and communication technology
(ICT) into education is widely perceived as an essential aspect of teaching
and learning in contemporary society and therefore embodied in education
policies across many countries, Cambodia and Sri Lanka included. Authors
consider the argument that while interactive educational technologies may be
appropriate in countries in which self-directed study and student autonomy
are emphasised, a similar use of educational technologies may be found
appropriate. Yet, in South Asian countries, education has traditionally been
more tightly structured and teacher-directed that is why this paper does
examine government policies toward the use of educational technologies
in higher education in Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Qualitative analyses of
both needs and challenges of introducing and implementing ICT in these
particular cultural contexts are considered as preconditions for an effective
implementation of Higher Education (HE) skill development. Subsequently,
a plan is concluded of how to implement EdTec in that HE network to trigger
awareness about further steps of the recent measure.

Keywords: education technology, 21st century skills, online learning environment,
ICT implementation, global higher education


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGemeinschaften in Neuen Medien. Von hybriden Realitäten zu hybriden Gemeinschaften
EditorsThomas Köhler, Eric Schoop, Nina Kahnwald
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020


Title23rd Conference on Communities in New Media
SubtitleFrom Hybrid Realities to Hybrid Communities
Abbreviated titleGeNeMe‘20
Conference number23
Duration7 - 9 October 2020
Degree of recognitionInternational event

External IDs

Scopus 85097748200
ORCID /0000-0002-6383-1034/work/141545495
ORCID /0000-0001-5272-9811/work/148607167



  • 21st century skills, Education technology, Global higher education, Ict implementation, Online learning environment