Providing Quality Education in Remote, Rural Areas

B. Skaalid and T.C. Montgomerie (Canada)


Distance Education, Broadband, New Models of Education, Community of Learners, Professional Development


This paper reviews a major initiative to change the way education is offered in remote rural areas. Our project is a synthesis of technology and a participatory approach to teacher professional development which will address the design and delivery of a second-generation “community of learners” model for teaching and learning. Based on participatory action research methodology, researchers and remote teachers will interact via broadband fiber networks to collaborate on curriculum redesign projects envisioned to create more learner centered classrooms for students disadvantaged due to distance and lack of qualified teachers.

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