Presentation on theme: "Highlighting the Adult Education and Local development aspect of the REVIT Distance Learning (Remoteness in Communion) Thanasis Hadzilacos Open University."— Presentation transcript:
Highlighting the Adult Education and Local development aspect of the REVIT Distance Learning (Remoteness in Communion) Thanasis Hadzilacos Open University of Cyprus Revit closing conference Nios, Cyclades, Greece - September 2010
Behind this project… … there is a feeling, a belief (ideology, philosophy), lots of knowledge and experience (technical, pedagogical, managerial), an attitude and a will
Roman castle, Vidin
We are here because we believe that this place does not have only an important past but also an exciting future.
We do not believe that the future of places like Ios in Europe is to be abandoned and used only as places for richer tourists from other places to visit and relax; We believe that the future of such places includes productive people living and working here.
Outline The (social) need: Education in remote areas The (technological) opportunity: Web 2.0 computing for e-learning A (sophisticated) response to the need: The REVIT project How well does our (sophisticated) response utilize the (technological) opportunity in order to serve the (social) need?
The 5th Mediterranean Confererence on Information Systems (MCIS2010), September 12-14,2010, Tel-Aviv Yafo
What is a remote area? (Ithaca, New York vs. Harlem, New York) “Distance” in the communication society (who is thy neighbor?) Remoteness: product & service availability locally/globally available civilization ‘Distant’ as a relative attribute Is remoteness negative (and for whom)? (when it is not a matter of choice) The 5th Mediterranean Confererence on Information Systems (MCIS2010), September 12-14,2010, Tel-Aviv Yafo
An area is ‘remote’ when… The young leave
Remote areas Distant? Small? Isolated? Poor? technology is changing the meaning of remoteness. We shall use it to help improving the lives of all of us
Education The connecting tissue of civilization through time
Main ingredients (innovative and otherwise) School (= community) Customized, relevant education Distant, adult education Roles: Local (teachers, moderators) and remote (tutor, course designer/developer) Distant functions (course delivery, development) “we can handle distance” (with web 2.0 technology, psychology, & a little f2f)
Revit building blocks Educational methodology centered on learners’ activities, not teachers’ Good, reliable, internet-based technology Web 2.0 Understanding local Utilizing remote
An educational methodology that is Scalable and Sustainable Lean and Efficient Flexible, Motivating and Effective Simple but not simplistic Straightforward but not superficial High tech but not “tecky” Uses what is available without missing what is not Pedagogically sound and deep but not complex Educationally sophisticated but not complicated
A tentative and preliminary Report of a concept Successfully proven