A Design-based introduction to learning centres

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In the last decades, outskirt areas in Denmark have suffered from depopulation and economic decline, a development that has led to a centralised education system where higher education institutions are vested in a central body in urban areas rather than in rural communities.
University College Zealand has initiated a research project in collaboration with three municipalities in the region of Zealand and partners from the Nordic countries, which investigates the potential of municipal learning centres as a means to solve educational challenges in outskirt areas. A municipal learning centre is a physical location owned by a municipality, which offers (a)synchronous courses through digital couplings to higher education institutions.
The paper presents research findings showing that the development of an ecosystem based on collaboration between municipalities, higher education institutions and private and public businesses is pivotal for achieving a sustainable model for online education in rural areas. Furthermore, the paper presents a series of thinking technologies in the form of models and
categories, which can be used as tools for establishing learning centres and designing learning activities for learning centres.
TidsskriftLæring og Medier (LOM)
Udgave nummer15
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2016