Specialized Course on

Local e-Governance in the Caribbean

About the Course

The Course Teaching/Learning Methodology

The course does not require any attendance at a campus or centre. To accommodate working professionals, it uses what is termed an 'asynchronous' delivery method, i.e., one in which participants have total control over exactly when they do their learning. At the core of this asynchronous delivery there is a learning resource package, available on the course website, comprising course content and learning activities, links to online resources, etc. Students also interact online with Coordinators, Tutors and other participants so as to facilitate social and interactive learning.

To enable you to interact with the materials, Coordinators, Tutors and other participants, you will need access to a computer and to the Internet. Further details of the equipment and connectivity requirements are given below.


The Course Content

The course comprises three modules:

  • Module 1: Information Society

    The Information Society; The Information Society in the Caribbean; e-Governance and the Information Society in the Caribbean.

  • Module 2: e-Governance, e-Government and e-Democracy: Understanding the Relationship

Governance and e-governance; e-Governance: analysing the concept; e-Government at work: e-administration and e-services; e-Democracy; Local e-government.

  • Module 3: Topical Issues in e-Governance

e-Governance and democratic governance via the Internet; e-Governance and information systems in public administration and services; Information security and privacy protection; Future directions of e-governance.



A system of continuous asssesment is used to ensure that participants achieve the objectives of the course. Each module incorporates activities/exercises designed to assess your knowledge of the content, but also to be applicable to your role in facilitating e-governance in the region. Assessment is based on the different activities and on participation in the forums and debates opened during the delivery of the module. Thus, activities might include:

  • A report that describes and comments on several local public initiatives of services through the Web;
  • Participation in a collective debate in a virtual forum. The topics of the debate might be:
    • the advantages and disadvantages of the electronic transaction of public services for the citizen, the companies and the public administration;
    • the costs of electronic services implementation;
    • the social and organizational benefits of the new electronic transactions;
  • A critical description of the electronic management system of a local or regional government.


What you need for the Course

  • A computer with CD-Rom drive;
  • Access to the Internet, preferably with a connection speed of greater than 56 kbps;
  • A full-featured browser, e.g, Netscape Navigator version 4.5x or higher, or Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher;
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader;
  • Anti-virus software;
  • An email account;

and most importantly ....

  • A commitment to spend at least 8 hours per week on work and interaction related to the course.


A joint initiative by:

The University of the West Indies
Distance Education Centre