Scollon’s Axehandle Academy Proposal was quite intriguing. Traditional western educational systems may work for some but how well do they serve those who live in remote areas? In addition, it is important yet logistically difficult to bring useful education to remote areas.
The University of the Arctic ( UArctic) uses Thematic Networks and e-Learning to provide focused learning opportunities through co-operative arrangements with universities, colleges and other agencies serving northern areas.
Thematic-based learning, in combination with knowledge sharing seems more empowering and useful than traditional distance education models that simply convey information that is likely difficult to meaningully “transfer” into regional environments.