I have been tracing shifting enrolments in ABE / Adult Education in school districts between 2010 and 2014. A few things jump out:
1) There is a significant shift from Continuing Education (face to face learning) to Distributed Learning (online learning).
2) There is a significant number of school districts that seem to have no Adult Education FTEs (Full Time Enrollments) at all. These include Revelstoke, Fort Nelson, West Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast with the exception of Powell River.
3) There are significant declines in FTE enrolments from 2010 to 2013/2014 across all school districts, before the latest round of cuts to ABE (Vancouver for example, demonstrated steady decline).
I wonder if those of you working in these areas or with knowledge of the stories behind these numbers can offer some insight:
How does the shift toward Distribute Learning work for adult learners? Do you know how successful this mode of learning is, and whom may benefit or struggle with this mode of learning? Do learners have a choice between face to face and online learning? Is it possible for people enrolled in online learning to get tutoring support from a local adult education centre?
Is there adequate access to high speed Internet (including affordability) around the province to support participation in distributed learning?
If school districts are not offering Adult Education, then how are adults in these regions accessing academic upgrading? Are ABE programs in PSI’s accessible?