In the rest of Europe and the world . . . Maybe not exactly so!!!!
1.1 WHAT IS A CRISIS? It denotes the presence of threat and instability in some or in all economic parameters. It is when the level of economic activity in a country dips down to dangerously low levels. Crisis is usually an economic crisis. It is: A negative and dynamic phenomenon. A compulsory and violent change A discontinuity A transient between two states The link between two different theories
Social Changes Financial Changes – Competition Changes in attitude of contemporary people + Evolution of Information Technology Development of Communications Development of Technological Culture = Need for more knowledge – Wider knowledge Need for more specialization – Deeper knowledge Need for life long education and training – Continuous knowledge The situation up to now . . . More Subjects Specialization Lifelong Learning Volume of Education needed in society is increasing
This is a world phenomenon, but the poorest countries are hit the most
UNESCO “The global economic and financial crisis in 2008-2009 risks depriving millions of children of an education, in the world’s poorest countries. With 72 million children still out of school, a combination of slower economic growth, rising poverty and budget pressures could erode the education gains of the past decade. ….” According to Education International “ The crisis will affect all sectors, including education. Such worrying concerns are clearly expressed in the USA and Norway, but also noted by some other European countries”.
However, in the “developed or developing” world, (State Education) even if education is short in funding in times of crisis, there could be a lot more demand for education – 2.2. POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS The reason is obvious : Good education and skills are crucial to improving a person’s economic and social prospects In other words education is necessary for anyone to show that she/he is well qualified so as to Find / keep a job
A Working Question Can DE satisfy the quality and cost criteria to improve education under the financial constrains that are imposed by the crisis? The quality and the cost of DE are to be discussed briefly In some cases, especially in the past, DE was met with preoccupation and prejudice as a second class education
Distance Education (DE) Depends on Technology • It is a new approach to education Different philosophy In the past was used in circumstances that conventional Education (CE) could not be applied
Conventional Education (CE) :
Tradition and Reliability
Interaction between teacher and learner
Interaction of students with the teaching environment
Various studies were published indicating that results using DE are not any worse that results obtained using CE Apart from that one has to look at the basic theories for DE and to make some elementary thoughts about DE and CE
In Education there is always a transactional distance Teachers and educational institutions must try to bridge – to reduce- TD if a substantial and good quality education is to materialized. Transactional Distance is a pedagogical concept
The TD can be bridged by manipulating mainly the dialogue of the course (the most researches have shown that only dialogue is significantly correlated to distance)
ANTICRISIS CHARACTERISTICS OF DISTANCE LEARNING Sustainable S Interactive I Self directed S Individualized I Recognized R Convenient C Inexpensive I Technology based T New Methodology N Adult friendly A
Cost Infrastructure _ Buildings Transpotation - commuting Personal Computers Internet connection The cost issue Infrastrucure Equipment Electr. appl. Staff Material DE CE No of learners TE DE No of learners Cost CE DE
The crisis is a messenger of change. The pain for the crisis is a pain of birth. Next stage could bring better conditions if . . . To minimise the effects of the crisis: Productivity, Innovation, Use of technology are needed to form a protective shield Theses qualities are inherent and embedded in the DE methods and techniques The crisis affects education in Europe and the world.
New courses should be defined so that the financial life of the establishments can be tuned up with the needs of society
2. Distance Education providers should refocus on the existing and prospective target groups as they emerge from the new conditions
3. Invest in technology as infrastructure, medium and subject
DE is not panacea, is a promising path to achieve more education with low cost How?
In Greece the system is centrally run it is easy to institutionalise and to apply DE methods (teacher training etc) All of the above can be developed on a substrate of the country’s: a. communication infrastructure b. ICT penetration to society As technology evolves, the capabilities are improving resulting in changes in attitude. Social Networks What is needed is pedagogical research in class application of DE
We discussed a few proposals on how education can be transformed to tackle the crisis. We pointed out the dynamics of distance education that can possibly offer solutions to problems of education What about other sectors in life? How can they tackle the crisis? Distance Education can offer new ideas in methodology and a new paradigm to other disciplines so that they can find their own “Distant Education” methods
What we actually need: A fresh look on the basic ideas and standards of education A reorganization of the beaurocracy of education Application of distance learning on more levels of education We need daring policies for Distance Education An open and adaptive attitude towards DE As to learn how to learn And this is a lot!!
PSERIMOS A small island in the Aegean ~ 30 Inhabitants
Installation of a small lab – 4PCs and accessories
3 students and 3 other inhabitants were trained in ICT use in face to face sessions and at a distance
An Initiative by The Southern Aegean local authorities and University of Aegean: The Ministry of Education was asked to allow the students to attend high school from a neigbouring island using DE There was a negative response The University of Aegean continues to teach the students of this island English using DE methods. An example