Growing an E-Learning Programme for Rural Adults: A Case Study.
In: AISHE - All Ireland Society for Higher Education conference 2006.
This paper describes an e-learning third level diploma and degree course program delivered all over Ireland during 1996-2006 to rurally remote adults wishing to achieve a higher education qualification and to contribute to the development of their rural areas. The paper explores distance learning, e-learning, and lifelong learning outlining;
· How did this programme emerge?
· How was it designed, managed, presented and assessed?
· Who are the learners?
· What learning media are used?
· What is the method?
· What is the impact?, and
· What are the lessons learned?
The paper presents a brief case study of the bachelor in science in rural development degree (BSc) arising from consultations with 20 participants of the course addressing;
· Their experience of e-learning.
· The contribution of this e-learning course to their transformation and progression.
· The impact of lifelong learning, through this e-learning course to their hope for the future.
The findings seeks to illustrate the contribution of e-learning to lifelong learning as a model of educating “into” and “in” community, rather than educating “out of” community.
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