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Sastamalan Opisto

Sastamala Community
College
- citizen's institute
- liberal education & open
university courses
- owned by Vammala Town
(local municipality)
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Sastamala Community
College
- situated in SW Finland
- rural college with about
28.000 inhabitants in the
college annex
- 60 km x 50 km area
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Students
- more than 50% are
over 50 years
- 28% of people in
Vammala are retired
- students' ages vary 1-
102 years
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Numbers
- c. 6.000 students /
year
- c. 11.000 student
registrations / year
- Full time staff: 7
- Part time teachers:
250
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Curriculum
- arts and crafts
- music
- expressive arts
- physical education
- languages
- life skills
- ICT-studies
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Open University
2008-2009:
- Eduation sciences
(initial and medium
levels)
- Psychology (initial and
medium levels)
- Compulsory language
studies
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ActiveICT LP activity at SCC
- rural surroundings often result in
poor ICT-skills
- Many villages have empty village
houses or school buildings
- Edubuntu (Linux) and open
source programmes allow
inexpensive and operational IT-
classrooms
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ActiveICT in the villages
- College establishes 2
Edubuntu ICT-classrooms in
Kalliala and Lantula villages
- Two piloting courses in each
village
- The computers are used also
outside college classes by the
villagers
- Purpose of piloting courses is
to study how Edubuntu
applies to teaching seniors
ICT-skills
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ActiveICT courses
- Internet in everyday life:
searching information,
paying bills...
- Internet as a
communication tool: email,
groups, blogs, telephone
programmes (Skype)
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ActiveICT reports study
- how the new operating
system and methodology
fits teaching seniors
- how seniors experience
learning ICT
- how the new skills are
integrated into seniors'
everyday life