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How to Create Regional e-Learning Networks (2008)


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Chapter Review of the "Virtual Campus for a Sustainable Europe" best practice guide.

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How to Create Regional e-Learning Networks (2008)

  1. 1. REVIEW: CHAPTER 5 How to create regional e-learning networks
  2. 2. About: Wolfgang Greller <ul><li>Head of Learning Environments (UHI) </li></ul><ul><li>Chair of the Arctic Learning Environment (UArctic) </li></ul><ul><li>Head of e-Learning (AAU – Klagenfurt) </li></ul><ul><li>Programme Manager Learning Networks (OUNL) </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Chapter <ul><li>Intro to regional learning networks </li></ul><ul><li>Classification of target groups </li></ul><ul><li>Role of e-learning in networks </li></ul><ul><li>Dimensions of (e-)learning networks </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>VCSE partner networks </li></ul><ul><li>„ Case studies“ of learning networks </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation & reflection </li></ul>
  4. 4. Comments <ul><li>Questions need answers (e.g. chapter title) </li></ul><ul><li>Target groups follow traditional divisions (school, HE, business, „other“) </li></ul><ul><li>What are the drivers ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the enablers/factors for success ? </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiation between self-organised and managed LNs </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a regional LN? Who has ownership? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Target Groups <ul><li>Target groups in regional thinking less articulate </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries between business, politics, education, society are more blurred than on national level </li></ul><ul><li>Regional networks work across boundaries – away from traditional divisions </li></ul><ul><li>Greater need for collaboration between sectors </li></ul><ul><li>„ Other“ category is weak (should incl. Government, voluntary sector, NGOs, personal networks) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ownership <ul><li>Target groups = external ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Regional networks consist of stakeholders = internal participatory ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Clear strategic goals: education is a means to an end not an aim in itself. Therefore authorities, all levels of edu, and business need to be involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning: in regional networks there is room for better articulation routes between education sectors (multi-functionality of institutions) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technologies <ul><li>Listing technologies is not useful (state-of-the-art changes, dependent on regional factors) </li></ul><ul><li>Classification of technologies is largely irrelevant: more important is the purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Important to elaborate the benefits to the stakeholders! </li></ul><ul><li>The amount of technologies vs. the right technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Technology enables! Different e-readiness of orgs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Net ready <ul><li>Hartman & Sifonis, 2000 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learning Technology
  10. 10. University of the Highlands and Islands <ul><li>Regional networked university based on FE Colleges, research and specialist institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Motto: „Enabled by technology – supported by people“ ! </li></ul><ul><li>Mission to overcome skill shortage and depopulation </li></ul><ul><li>Niche education market (Gaelic, renewables, tourism, rural health) – addresses local needs! </li></ul><ul><li>Symbiosis with businesses (CPD), local Gov, education, health sector, local orgs, individuals (mature, maternity, etc) </li></ul>
  11. 11. University of the Arctic <ul><li>Network of Learning Institutions, Northern Organisations, Libraries etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Motto: „in the North, for the North, by the North“ </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome circumpolar problems (South-North poverty division, transportation, access to services, environment, telemedicine) </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building, combatting brain-drain, access to (learning) resources </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediary between national government & regional stakeholders (needs research) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Knowledge creation/articulation <ul><li>Knowledge creation increasingly outside universities (e.g. corporate research, NGOs, Communities of Practice worldwide) </li></ul><ul><li>More knowledge acquisition (learning) outside education (lifelong learning, non-formal & informal learning, on-demand learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Education has greater demand to bring real-life expertise into teaching and learning (work placements, field trips, guest lectures, LNs) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Drivers behind regional LNs <ul><li>Drivers: e.g. regional development goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building (economic viability of the region) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telemedicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service provision (incl. education, CPD, access to experts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business needs (e.g. transportation costs, teleworking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Population needs (e.g. lifestyle, equality of citizenship) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-sector collaboration </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Drivers for success <ul><li>Participation in regional LN, why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose : Communities of Interest, variety of LNs on different levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefit : access to shared resources/expertise; cost-benefit ratio critical (cost = effort); critical mass may play a role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business case : needs to sit within strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commonality : common interests, niche market, population needs </li></ul></ul>