Theresa Pittman

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Mission

“To transform the rural economy through leadership in information technology applications for economic development.”

Photo: Cape Spear Lighthouse, most eastern point in North

America [El punto más al oriente de América del Norte]

Theresa Pittman

Chair, Office of Distributed Learning

College of the North Atlantic

Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Location / Ubicación

Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Newfoundland & Labrador

Most eastern point in North America / El punto más oriental de

América del Norte

Area of 405,212 square kilometres (156,500 sq miles)

Population / población 500,000

40% of population lives in capital city of St. John’s / 40% de la población vive en la ciudad capital de San Juan

700 rural communities / 700 comunidades rurales

Province of Canada / Provincia de Canadá

1986 -1991

Telecentre Activity

o o o

First telecentre was established in Velmdalen, rural farming community in Sweden, in the mid-1980s, then western Europe, Australia,

North America; NL 1989 Fieldtrip to study

European Telecentres.

First North American telecentre opened in

Clarenville in 1989.

Newfoundland telecentre project received funding from government to open up six (6) telecentres with community partnerships.

1991-1997

Opened 6 telecentres

Outreach

Services

Labrador

1991-

1997

Clarenville, 1 st

Telecentre 1989

1991-

1997

Outreach – Rural Communities

Goal of telecentre was to work to ensure people and communities without required skills, knowledge and financial resources could still get access to the technology.

1991-

1997

Rich

Fuchs

Enterprise

Network Telecentres

~ 1993

Theresa

Pittman

Telecentre Activity

o o o

Core Telecentre funding ended, change in government development policies, each telecentre divested back to community.

Clarenville telecentre sponsored by

College of the North Atlantic

Pilot distance learning project started

2002-2011

• 2002 - Instructional Design Specialist with the Office of Distributed Learning, which has grown from the Clarenville Telecentre, and is located in the same physical space.

• 2005-2010 – Various positions within

College and Department of Education.

• 2010 - Accept new leadership role as Chair,

Office of Distributed Learning, College of the North Atlantic, Move back into my old

Telecentre Manager’s office!

2010- present o

Main office of College Distributed Learning service locate in Clarenville even though the college has 17 other campuses and main headquarters in another town. This is because distance learning was a direct outcome of the telecentre. o

Currently offer 10 fulltime programs, 250+ courses online. o

4500 course registrations each year

2010present

College of the North Atlantic

Office of Distributed Learning Team

My Reflections / M is reflexiones …

Change

is

the goal.

El cambio es el objetivo .

People, leaders and committed team members,

make

the change happen.

Las personas, líderes y miembros comprometidos del equipo, hacen que el cambio suceda.

Technology

assists

with change.

Adapt

technology to match the change you desire.

Tecnología ayuda a cambio. Adapta la tecnología para que coincida con el cambio que usted desea.

Learn

from each others experiences – connect, communicate, build.

Aprender de las experiencias de los demás – mantenerse en contacto, comunicarse, construir.

1

Multi purpose

- Be diverse.

Ser diverso.

- Be adaptable to change.

Ser adaptable a los cambios.

- Be eager to innovate.

Estar muy dispuestos a innovar.

2

Linkages to

Education

- Informal and / or formal linkages.

V ínculos formales/

Informales.

- Include learning in all aspects of operations.

Incluir el aprendizaje en todos los aspectos de las operaciones

3

Community

- Form partnerships.

Crear asociaciones.

Reflect needs of community.

Reflejar las necesidades de su comunidad.

Thank you! Gracias!

You may contact me at:

Me puede contactar en:

Email: [email protected]

Website: cna.nl.ca

Theresa Pittman

Chair, Office of Distributed Learning

College of the North Atlantic

Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

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