Information and learning technologies (ILTs) designed to bring a wide range of content, teachers and students together over vast distances seems like an obvious choice for a widely-dispersed population needing more access to Adult Basic Education (ABE).
But there are serious challenges to be overcome before Nunavut Arctic College can successfully implement new learning opportunities through technology that truly benefit ABE students in Nunavut.
There are answers to these challenges to be found in the collective experience of instructors and managers who know the reality of Nunavut communities and the needs of students.
This report, “Addressing Barriers, Expanding Options: A practical strategy for the integration of Information and Learning Technologies in Adult Basic Education” provides concrete recommendations to overcome the barriers, based on extensive input from the people most involved – experienced instructors and managers working to deliver education in remote communities across Canada.
Commissioned by the Department of Community and Distance Learning at Nunavut Arctic College, this report was researched and prepared by Lorraine Thomas of Imaituk Inc., funded by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Recommendations for Discussion
The aim of this report was to gather input and ideas from both College staff and other institutions with experience integrating technologies to support the learning process.
The results of this extensive consultation are documented in this report, with a series of recommendations listed at the end of each chapter based on lessons learned by people working in adult education and technology across Canada’s North. All of the report’s recommendations are also summarized in Chapter 10.
In Print and Online
The “Addressing Barriers, Expanding Options” 100 page report is divided into 10 chapters and can be viewed or downloaded in full or by chapter in pdf form, from the website http://abe.arcticcollege.ca.
The companion website to the print report provides the first few paragraphs of each section of the report so readers can quickly find out the topics in each chapter. An ellipse in brackets on the web version [...] indicates there is more information to be read by downloading the chapter, easily viewed online as a pdf, or downloaded to your computer.
The Idea Box Online
In the online version, the Idea Box provides original input (raw data) from people who were consulted, so that all ideas can feed into the future dialogue for change. As a living document to stimulate discussion and action, it is important for all concerned to be able to review the ideas and make their own recommendations as the College works to meet the pedagogical, learning, content, technology and network challenges of the future.
It’s Your Turn
If you are an adult educator, administrator, student, or concerned citizen, please review the recommendations. Take a look at the ideas for change that have been put forward for comment.
Please submit your comments on this report in the “contact” section of the website at http://abe.arcticcollege.ca. Your comments will help to form the next iteration of the College’s plans for action in solving the challenges in harnessing Information and Learning Technologies to support the learning process for the benefit of all Adult Basic Education students.