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BRIDGING THE GAP IN RURAL LIFE-LONG LEARNINGAND DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTF. Frossard, M. Barajas                          EDEN O...
A PICTURE OF RURAL EUROPEo 28% of the EU population live in "predominantly rural“ regions  (European Union, Directorate-Ge...
THE RURALeNTER PROJECTo RURALeNTER - Capacity Building through ICT in Rural Areas  (LLP, GRUNDTVIG, 2010-2011)            ...
A STUDY ON LLL IN RURAL EUROPE                               o A study conducted in 4 EU countries                        ...
RESULTS: IDENTIFICATIONOF TRAINING NEEDS1    Digital literacy2    Awareness regarding e-services and 2.03    Professional ...
RESULTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FORSUCCESSFUL LLL IN RURAL AREASo In respect to the characteristics of rural areas    •    Encour...
RESULTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FORSUCCESSFUL LLL IN RURAL AREASo In respect to the profile of adult rural population    •    Pro...
RESULTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FORSUCCESSFUL LLL IN RURAL AREASo Life-long learning opportunities    • Work in line with the tra...
RURALeNTER TRAININGo Main topics covered    •   Searching and sharing on Internet    •   Security on Internet    •   E-gov...
CONCLUSIONSo Keys to rural development    • Encourage diversification of the rural economy, by promoting the      entry of...
Thanks for your attention.frederique.frossard@ub.edumbarajas@ub.eduUniversity of Barcelona - Future Learning: www.futurele...
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EDEN Conference - Bridging the LLL gap in rural areas

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EDEN Conference - Bridging the LLL gap in rural areas

  1. 1. BRIDGING THE GAP IN RURAL LIFE-LONG LEARNINGAND DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTF. Frossard, M. Barajas EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  2. 2. A PICTURE OF RURAL EUROPEo 28% of the EU population live in "predominantly rural“ regions (European Union, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2010)o The gap between rural and urban areas • Physical distance and isolation from larger communities • Rate of growth / employment and level of education are lower than in other areas • Many services are physically located in urban areaso Human potential is a key factor for the development of rural areas EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  3. 3. THE RURALeNTER PROJECTo RURALeNTER - Capacity Building through ICT in Rural Areas (LLP, GRUNDTVIG, 2010-2011) › To improve the quality and accessibility of the opportunities for LLL for rural citizens › To propose an innovative approach in which adult populations can develop skills and knowledge to make the best use of the new opportunities offered by the ICT EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  4. 4. A STUDY ON LLL IN RURAL EUROPE o A study conducted in 4 EU countries (Austria, Greece, Romania and Spain) o Aim: to analyse the situation of rural areas regarding LLL opportunities and ICT services deploymentMETHODOLOGY › 3 focus groups with different rural training institutions (e.g. Chamber of commerce, training providers, telecentres, etc.) › National survey: 45 user needs questionnaires collected › A desktop research to identify the status of the information society in rural EU EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  5. 5. RESULTS: IDENTIFICATIONOF TRAINING NEEDS1 Digital literacy2 Awareness regarding e-services and 2.03 Professional and economic development 4 Flexible learning opportunities5 Specific goal-driven scenarios 6 Exchange of good practices with other cultures 7 Stimulation of a new learning culture 8 Access to public services EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  6. 6. RESULTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FORSUCCESSFUL LLL IN RURAL AREASo In respect to the characteristics of rural areas • Encourage economic diversification • Train young people • Take a proactive approach to training farmers • Propose e-skills training • Promote the entry of women into the labour market • Propose solutions for social and e-inclusion for all profiles EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  7. 7. RESULTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FORSUCCESSFUL LLL IN RURAL AREASo In respect to the profile of adult rural population • Propose dedicated solutions to each rural target group • Include basic ICT courses in training programmes • Prefer face to face training modality • Design training programs according to the rhythms of life / work EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  8. 8. RESULTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FORSUCCESSFUL LLL IN RURAL AREASo Life-long learning opportunities • Work in line with the training offers available in rural communitieso Technical aspect • Make sure the e-learning solutions proposed are compatible with medium/low quality ICT equipment EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  9. 9. RURALeNTER TRAININGo Main topics covered • Searching and sharing on Internet • Security on Internet • E-government • E-health • Job searchingo Blended learning models EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  10. 10. CONCLUSIONSo Keys to rural development • Encourage diversification of the rural economy, by promoting the entry of women into the rural labour market, and by training young people • Identify change agents in rural communities, who can help engaging the whole population in development • Work with contextualized goal driven learning scenarios which make evident the opportunities of ICT for rural areas specific needsRURALeNTER representative of adult community : “this training enabledtrainees to situate themselves in the digital world. A next step would be to gofurther in specific topics of interest for their specific contexts”. EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October
  11. 11. Thanks for your attention.frederique.frossard@ub.edumbarajas@ub.eduUniversity of Barcelona - Future Learning: www.futurelearning.orgRURALeNTER project: www.ea.gr/ruenter EDEN Open Classroom 2011 Conference 27-29 of October

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