Webinar: Distance learning in rural areas

- Is there life after the end of educational projects?
5.3.2018 13.00 CET


This interactive webinar discussed how distance learning has influenced life in rural areas. How and why have educational projects had an effect on the development of rural development?


When: 5 March 2018, 13.00 - 14.00 CET

Where: Watch the recording of the webinar here




Over the last 20 years there have been hundreds of projects in the Nordic region where distance learning and ICT have been seen as key factors for sustainable development in rural areas. Some projects have been extremely successful and have had significant effects on the local economy whereas others simply disappeared after the funding ran out. We would like to investigate the long-term impact of distance learning projects in rural areas and to identify what conditions and elements in these projects that can cause/lead to successful long-term effects.

Questions to be discussed

  • What are the success factors behind a project promoting the development of distance education in rural areas?
  • What are the barriers to successful development?

You will meet

Hróbjartur Árnason, University of Iceland


Torhild Slåtto, Fleksibel Utdanning Norge, Norway


Taru Kekkonen, Omnia, Espoo, Finland


Jerry Engström, Campus Västervik, Sweden


Alastair Creelman (moderator), Linnaeus University, Sweden

The Presence at a distance project is a collaboration between a group of educators from all of the Nordic nations and self-governing regions who are investigating a number of successful initiatives in using ICT to offer post-secondary education in rural areas. We aim to present examples of best practice and critical success factors as well as investigating possible reasons for unsuccessful initiatives. The project is financed by Nordplus and all the project members belong to the NVL Distans network (Nordic Network for Adult Learning).

This webinar is organised in cooperation with the Swedish project Nya vägar, Nitus (Sweden), Kvasir (Iceland), FUN (Norway) and University of Iceland

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