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Rural distance learning: Going to school without going away -- The Poster

The poster presentation I made to Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation/Fondation Canadienne pour la Revitalisation Rurale, held in Prince George, Canada on September 25–27, 2014.  


You'll find the draft paper at:


  • Great poster Peggy Lynn and I am glad this research idea is still alive. It certainly is a relevant topic - especially after driving across the praries this past week - but how to turn it into a dissertation??


    Terry Anderson September 21, 2014 - 4:54pm

  • Thank you.  The exploration continues.  I've uploaded my most recent musings on the topic as the background to the poster.


    Peggy Lynn MacIsaac September 23, 2014 - 12:15am

  • I invited people to write comments on my poster at the conference.  Here's what they wrote:

    “There must be face to face encounters, too.”

    “Stay at home parents can get more formal education resulting in more professional capacity in rural communities.”

    “Does a student establish/maintain the same level of professional network for collaboration and development?”

    “Distance learning is an unavoidable need – it’s not actually new but the technology to facilitate it is.”

    “Shared learning/peer learning opportunities – are they diminished through distance education model?”

    “Learning in our communities where our lives play out helps to make education more real and applied.”

    It was interesting to step outside my current milieu of working and studying at a post-secondary distance education institution to be reminded that there is a wide range of perceptions of distance education.  Advocating for distance education is part of the process of making connections with researchers outside distance education.  


    Peggy Lynn MacIsaac September 30, 2014 - 11:41am

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