Life Long Learning

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technology-based distributed learning


A Distributed Learning environment is a learner-centered approach to education, which integrates a number of technologies to enable opportunities for activities and interaction in both asynchronous and real-time modes. The model is based on blending a choice of appropriate technologies with aspects of campus-based delivery, open learning systems and distance education. The approach gives instructors the flexibility to customize learning environments to meet the needs of diverse student populations, while providing both high quality and cost-effective learning.

Distance Education in the University of Main System: A Report Prepared for the Task Force on Telecommunications and Information Technology (Item 7) January, 1997. Authors: A.W. (Tony) Bates, James R. Mingle

Several years ago in Geneva, at the UN Indigenous Unit, which coordinates the activities of Indigenous Peoples attending the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, we defined three priority areas to be addressed in a distributed e-learning environment within Dialogue Between Nations and are currently working on the templates:

1) database (Roll Call of Nations)
2) open and closed forums (Dialogues/Simulations)
3) curriculum (post-secondary)

The development of these proposed online learning resources will depend upon the evaluation of priorities to be determined by our partners and stakeholders: educators, youth, adult learners, mentors and traditional Indigenous decision-makers.

The delivery of Distributed Learning is dependent upon individuals and their communities having access to basic telecommunications technologies, as well as an information/communications and distribution network. The community must also have economic resources towards the acquisition of the components of these infrastructures, or the ability to lease services or borrow from outside providers.

Our DBN initiative will be developed concurrently with a research and development plan to study networking and connectivity of Indigenous subject experts/tutors and their communities in order to ensure access to our programs and to participate in the co-creation of knowledge.

Communications technologies put power into the hands of ordinary people and provide the tools for change, improving the quality of life.

We invite you to explore existing and developing models of distributed learning which support multi-sector dialogue.


Cornell University Academic Technology Center - USA

Simon Fraser University - Canada
Learning and Instructional Development Centre

Simon Fraser University - Canada
Telestraining: Certificate in Web Based Instruction

The University of British Columbia - Canada
MAPLE - Managing and Planning Learning Environments

The University of British Columbia - Canada
Faculty of Education
MET - UBC Master of Educational Technology

MTE - ITESM Partnership - Mexico (Español)

ITESM - Mexico (Español)
Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey



Sample Moodle Sites:

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)


Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College


Development Gateway: Indigenous Development
ICT for Development Content Browser


Journal of Distance Education/Revue de l'enseignement à distance (2001)

First Nations And Education By Internet:
The Path Forward, Or Back?

Author: Ellen E. Facey


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