E-learning in border and coast guard education - best practices for Arctic education

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.9 Challenges in Arctic education
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Saila Heinikoski (Finnish Border Guard, Finland), Sari Lindblom-Häkkinen (Finnish Border Guard, Finland)
Abstract text

The study addresses e-learning tools in border and coast guard education. E-learning and other distance education tools are particularly useful in the Arctic context with long distances where contact learning can be challenging to organise. The data of the study consists of observations at the Finnish Border and Coast Guard Academy, interviews with trainers as well as questionnaire responses from border guard students focusing on the learning and teaching tools and methods. The study makes use of a number of pedagogical concepts, such as meaningful learning as well as blended and flipped learning while assessing the use of different e-learning tools. It outlines the methods in which border guards are trained about border check and legal issues. The study illustrates 1) how e-learning methods are utilised for different training contents, 2) how e-learning methods are combined with contact learning methods and 3) how the students feel they learn with different e-learning tools. The results illustrate that in terms of learning methods, the training of border guards makes use of variety of technological tools in effective ways. A questionnaire will be sent to the students in May 2018, and the results are hence not yet known, but they will reveal how the future border guards themselves view their training and methods in the light of e-learning. The research results provide important insights on e-learning tools, demonstrating how the use of e-learning tools can provide added value in Arctic training and what issues should be considered when contemplating the use of e-learning.

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