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Webinar: Distance learning in rural areas – Is there life after the end of educational projects?

When: 5 March 2018, 13.00 – 14.00 CET
Where: In Adobe Connect. Link to the meeting room will be sent to all registered participants one day before the event.

To register for this webinar please use the form at the foot of the post on the NVL site.

Over the last 20 years there have been hundreds of projects in the Nordic region where distance learning and ICT have been seen as key factors for sustainable development in rural areas. Some projects have been extremely successful and have had significant effects on the local economy whereas others simply disappeared after the funding ran out. We would like to investigate the long-term impact of distance learning projects in rural areas and to identify what conditions and elements in these projects that can cause/lead to successful long-term effects.

Questions to be discussed

  • What are the success factors behind a project promoting the development of distance education in rural areas?
  • What are the barriers to successful development?

You will meet

Hróbjartur Árnason, University of Iceland
Torhild Slåtto, Fleksibel Utdanning Norge, Norway
Taru Kekkonen, Omnia, Espoo, Finland
Jerry Engström, Campus Västervik, Sweden
Alastair Creelman (moderator), Linnaeus University, Sweden

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Measuring the impact of ICT in education in rural areas

We are a group of educators from all of the Nordic nations and self-governing regions who are investigating a number of successful initiatives in using ICT to offer post-secondary education in rural areas. We aim to present examples of best practice and critical success factors as well as investigating possible reasons for unsuccessful initiatives. The project is financed by Nordplus and all the project members belong to the NVL Distans network (Nordic Network for Adult Learning).