ICT and e-learning
RKK sets great store by ICT-supported forms of teaching and has a clear ICT profile. The ICT infrastructure enables netbased information, course registration, course provision and distribution, recording and re-use of video, sound and data, as well as netbased administration.
RKK has worked over the years to develop its own online system for managing course portfolios, from marketing to course administration. We note that this work has won acceptance in all active schools and has been given the role it deserves in an organization such as RKK. We have been approached by course providers in different parts of the country to sell our concept but for legal reasons and the sake of competition we have chosen to decline these requests in the case of players not closely linked to the RKK partnership. It is nevertheless an indication of the unique quality of the RKK tool which schools have at their disposition for marketing their courses either alone or in collaboration.
In terms of teaching methods, RKK is one of the few organizations in Norway which have contributed to the development of courses aimed at the educational ICT sector. The competence and experience RKK has accumulated over the past 15 years is now a valuable resource helping us to meet international requirements and expectations in relation to international course provision.
ICT and competence in teaching methods therefore now form the subject of separate clauses in many of the agreements we have entered into with the education authorities in other countries, of which perhaps the prime example to date is Kazahkstan, where ICT is one of four defined areas in our longterm cooperation agreement.
Polish EEA funding will be used to support study of RKK’s and Norwegian e-learning systems, and in 2008 we signed an agreement whereby RKK will host a Polish research project in this area which will conclude by drawing up recommendations for Polish universities and other educational institutions. This project will be implemented in 2009.
In 2008 RKK launched its new Internet website www.rkk.no. RKK has also been invited to contribute to the development of Rogaland County’s new tools for adult education.
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.