Rural Development Using Elearning: Learning Technologies in the Knowledge Economy
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Historically, small provinces and states have been bypassed by the great metropolitan areas in economic development. However, as the new advanced training technology sector of the economy grows, distance from markets is no longer a factor, particularly in the design and delivery of online courses. Small remote areas can participate on an equal footing with the larger centres. The times are changing and the very features of small out of the way regions that were held against them in the past can now be turned into assets. Athabasca University understands this as it offers learning opportunities to its own population, but also to promote the economic development of the region. Using its small size, talented people, innovative businesses and advanced infrastructure, Athabasca University positions Alberta as an internationally respected leader in the new knowledge economy.