A Matrix for E-Collaboration in Rural Canadian Schools

A Matrix for E-Collaboration in Rural Canadian Schools

Ken Stevens (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-000-4.ch068
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This is a case study of interinstitutional e-collaboration in a rural part of Canada, based on e-teaching and elearningfor senior high school students. In the process of developing e-collaboration between institutions, new structures and processes were created that complemented traditional schools. Through this initiative, e-collaboration provided extended educational and, indirectly, vocational opportunities for senior students in small schools in Atlantic Canada.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Asynchronous: In delayed time (e.g., learning from a Web site at a time that is personally convenient).

Matrix: A place in which a thing is developed (Concise Oxford Dictionary).

M-Teams: Mediating teachers who support e-teachers on sites where students receive instruction from e-teachers. Sometimes the entire staff of a small school will act as an m-team.

E-Teachers: Teachers who teach online, through the Internet.

Open Classes: Classes in schools that are academically and administratively integrated so that teachers and learners can collaborate.

CDLI (The Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation of the Department of Education of Newfoundland and Labrador): CDLI promotes e-learning teams and strives to provide access to educational opportunities for students, teachers and other adult learners in both rural and urban communities within Newfoundland and Labrador.

Synchronous: In real time (e.g., face-to-face instruction).

AP (Advanced Placement): High school courses administered from Baltimore, Maryland, that are of post–high school curriculum standard. Many North American universities provide credit towards first year courses, depending on the standard of pass obtained.

Digital Intranet: Schools, usually located in rural communities, that are linked through the Internet for collaborative teaching and learning.

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