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Perceived Communal Benefits, Conceivable Risks and Potential Implications: Opinion of e-Educators

Sadia Jabeen

Modern revolution of information technologies has drastically changed the landscape of education around the globe. In the developed as well as developing countries, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are being exploited to achieve the goal of ‘education for all’. In this regard, e-learning has been doing wonders for more than two decades. Though the West has explored it to a great extent, the South Asian region still needs to come up with new implications of e-learning in the social sector. Keeping in mind this context, the present study aims at exploring the social sector implications of e-learning in Pakistan. The study explores the communal benefits, conceivable risks and potential implications of e-learning in the social sector of Pakistan. The methodology adopted for this research was quantitative; a 4 point scale (Chronbach Alpha=0 .76) was administered. The sample included e-educators (80) of one public sector university and one private sector university having at least five years of emoderating experience. For analysis purpose, descriptive statistics and independent sample t-test was used. The results of the study revealed that e-learning was perceived to be a very important tool to develop social networks around the world. Digital divide, increase in cybercrimes, initiation of new type of ideological wars and racial and ethnic promotions were identified as conceivable risks by the respondents. The study, opens a discussion for social and educational planners to adopt e-learning as a medium to achieve social sector development goals.

e-Learning, Social Sector, e-Educators, Social Implications, Communal Benefits

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