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Online learning for the forest and timber industries.

  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.

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  • Publisher

    Engineered Wood Products Association

  • Projects:

    The TEO project; The TEO 2 I project

  • Funders:

    European Social Fund (Priority 4A) - 45% TEO 2 I; European Social Fund (Priority 3.2) - 45% TEO; Napier University - 55% for both projects


Ridley-Ellis, D., Nolte, S. & Condon, P. (2007). Online learning for the forest and timber industries. In 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2008, 461-469. ISBN 9781615670888



Online learning; Forestry; Timber;

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