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ICT and e-learning
For more than 10 years, RKK has invested in modern teaching methods in the form of netbased follow-up, videoconferencing, recording of lectures and digital materials.
It is still our intention, however, that these methods should be combined with physical meetings where these have a positive social and pedagogical effect. We recognise that there is no one particular blend of methods applicable to all situations, and we regularly try out methods in cooperation with the teachers and schools involved in our course programmes.
RKK has contributed to technical updating in the schools, with the result that about 15 of the county’s vocational schools now have practical videoconferencing systems, and these are extensively used in adult education and company courses. We note that these methods are increasingly being adopted in standard teaching programmes, especially in cases when individual schools have insufficient numbers of students to form classes in marginal subjects.
The recording of teaching sessions in various forms is also gaining ground, and RKK already has positive experience with this. The recording of specially-adapted lectures, with no participants present, appears highly effective and useful. Close cooperation with Avikom (www.avikom.no) has made videoconferencing, multiparty solutions and lecture recording possible, with advanced equipment which is still simple for the teacher to use.
RKK’s use of ICT has globalisation in mind: a global job market requires a global learning arena. Learning must also be available to as many people as possible at the right price. Learning is also the key to a good life for most people and must be appropriate to the learner’s life phase. All these factors, we believe, mean that ICT-supported learning must contribute to increased flexibility and cost-effective implementation, including for learners with a low level of technological skills.
RKK has systematically worked towards, and has been quick to use, modern user-friendly technology for the distribution of learning and more efficient use of learning materials.
RKK has, for example, launched the country’s first netbased courses in Health & Care subjects for the public employment services (NAV, formerly Aetat), and for a number of years has run introductory courses for the University of Stavanger. In addition, RKK has developed various continuing education programmes at craft certificate and college level in which ICT plays a key role. Flexibility for many branches also means access to structured study materials offline, i.e. CD/DVD, as a supplement to netbased assignments and follow-up.