Women’s Participation in Online Learning in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, women’s representation in total undergraduate enrolment increased from 47.7 % in 1978 to 54.4 % in 2006. However, women’s representation varies in different disciplines of study. In 2005/06 the percentage of women varied from 69.3 in Arts to .27.9 in Computer Science and Information Technology and to.20.4 in Engineering. Traditional stereotypes regarding fields suitable for women continue in spite of the pronounced interest of women in higher education.// Distance Education Modernization Project (DEMP) attempts to extend higher education opportunities to those who are denied university education through online programmes for the first time in the country. The opportunity to follow these on a flexi-schedule while working as well as the possibility to use a network of Access Centres spread-island wide would be extra motivating factors.// The study discusses the extent to which women have benefited in terms of enrollment and in active participation as Online students in two courses being offered currently. // Paper ID 336
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