Learning Lapland - A Regional Project for Developing a Virtual Polytechnic
At present, more than 40 schools in Lapland have so far been connected to the Kemi-Tornio "Virtual" University of Applied science using iLinc for Learning. The intention is to connect all schools in the region. In addition, more than 120 students from the Lapland region are registered for a three and a half year graduation programme. Two methods of "live" virtual teaching are used, namely, instructor-led classes whereby students participate together as individuals; and classes whereby an instructor from one School gives live lessons simultaneously to classes of other participating school's. In the later case, teacher's at these remote locations act as facilitators/assistants.
Still going strong in 2013
The University offers remote students a robust, teacher-supervised classroom experience with iLinc's Web conferencing and collaboration tools.
iLinc for Learning provides the University with enhanced collaboration and sophisticated classroom management that is easy to use for both students and teachers; teachers typically learn the system within 30 minutes. Integrated within the school's larger learning management system and incorporated into each student's homepage, LearnLinc gives Kemi-Tornio University teachers the ability to interact with students on a one-to-one basis with personalized instruction.
"We are excited that Kemi-Tornio Polytechnic chose our Learnlinc Virtual Classroom and Web conferencing solution for its rich-feature set," said jimmy Georgiades, managing director of Parsec Infotech. "We are committed to providing training and education institutions the best learning and collaboration solution available on the market. We look forward to supporting the project and contributing to it's success".
Kemi-Tornio Polytechnic's sub-project implements the operations model of lifelong learning in the "Learning Lapland" project. The objectives of "Learning Lapland" are, among other things:
- To ensure equal training services of good quality in Lapland
- To embed the scheme of continuous lifelong learning to people, businesses and organisations in Lapland
- To develop business, customer and culture-oriented education
- To establish and maintain regional, national and international networking
- To exploit research in furthering and developing the operations model of "Learning Lapland"
- To develop further the co-operation model of education in Lapland
The objectives of the project
- To increase regional and professional competence
- To implement study which enables students to complete their diploma at college level to a higher vocational diploma exploiting the new learning environment
- To improve the opportunities to carry out studies in one's place of residence and alongside one's work
The results of the project:
- Study which enables students to complete their diploma at college level to a higher vocational diploma is available on the net.
- Learning Centre Network including learning environments, network services, net-based learning environment, other opportunities to use the study methods which utilise technology, library services, student support services (such as tutorial services), options for network cooperation and small-group collaboration
- Improved know-how of tutors and teachers concerning content production, tutoring services and other support services and technical solutions within net-based learning environments
- Actor-oriented development model for virtual learning
About Kemi-Tornio Univesity of Applied science
Established in 1992, the University has a staff of 195 persons and 2400 students. The polytechnic is made up of six units, which specialise in different areas of education.
- Unit of Business and Data Processing
- Unit of Cultural and Media Studies
- Unit of Health Care and Nursing
- Unit of Management and Commerce
- Unit of Social Education and Social Care
- Unit of Technical Education
Studies are organised into Bachelor’s Degree Programmes. At Kemi-Tornio Polytechnic, training takes place in an entrepreneurial spirit. Our programmes have been devised by highly skilled staff, who understand the conditions and opportunities of the North.
The International department in Tornio coordinates international activities such as mobility (Socrates, Leonardo, First) and liaison projects. The Polytechnic has a close working relationship with the business life of the region.
The Polytechnic has received an award by the Ministry of Education for success in international co-operation and for economical and human welfare development in the Kemi-Tornio area.
Project Leader Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Science
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