Newfoundland and Labrador is a world pioneer in distance education. This pioneering attitude evolved to address geographical challenges in educational delivery. Now that the Internet reaches into every school and government office throughout the province, can this technology be used for regional development? Can the capabilities of the public education sector be leveraged for wider community use? Can we develop and empower a learning attitude in every community of this province? Can we envision a community that has equitable access to all learning opportunities available in the province? Finally, what would be the value or impact on communities if this vision were achieved?
Ann Marie Vaughan, Director of Memorial University's Distance Education and Learning Technologies, doctoral candidate in higher education leadership at the University of Calgary, and a long-time economic development practitioner in Newfoundland and Labrador, will present a vision of the changing way we think about educational delivery and explore how technology can help us address needs in regional development and public policy. She will be joined by two panelists who will bring an "on-the-ground" perspective of how technology can assist with regional development: