Community-Based Distributed Learning in a Globalized World

Community-Based Distributed Learning in a Globalized World

Elizabeth Wellburn (Royal Roads University, Canada) and Gregory Claeys (Aboriginal Development Consultants, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-939-7.ch153
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Through information technologies, there is an increasing connectedness of people in both economic and educational domains. The globalized educational environment is seen by some to be an answer to poverty and other problems through enhanced distributed learning opportunities, while others are concerned that globalization of education is leading to homogeneity and a loss of autonomy for cultures and communities. The authors of this chapter maintain the viewpoint that respectful partnerships can be developed where communities control how their knowledge is used and retained, while at the same time tapping into the potential that the new technologies have to offer and maintaining an appropriate level of quality. Two pilot programs for Indigenous learners, built with this philosophy in mind, are described.

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