Online learning for the forest and timber industries.

Ridley-Ellis, Daniel, Nolte, Sabine and Condon, Peter (2008) Online learning for the forest and timber industries. In: 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2008. Engineered Wood Products Association, pp. 461-469. ISBN 9781615670888

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Online learning offers advantages for all levels of training and development in the timber industries, from new recruits at technician level to chartered professionals. Learners and employers both value the flexibility it affords, while educators value its pedagogic capabilities. However, the creation of online courses remains an expensive and time-consuming process. Small one-off courses are typically uneconomic, but partnerships and economies of scale can reduce costs and make online short courses viable. Most universities and colleges have technologies and competencies in place to develop and deliver online courses, but industry involvement is essential to ensure the suitability of content and course structure. It can be difficult to achieve an effective partnership but the benefits make it worthwhile. This paper outlines the experience gained from two projects at Napier University.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781615670888
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Additional Information: Paper rpesented at 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2008, held at Miyazaki, Japan on 2-5 June 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online learning; Forestry; Timber;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Building & construction > 694 Wood construction & carpentry
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 302 Social interaction
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 624 Civil engineering
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Item ID: 2532
Depositing User: Dr. Daniel Ridley-Ellis
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 11:37
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 14:12

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