The ALFA project is designed to enhance the potential of a global
knowledge based economy. One of the considerations when creating
online learning platforms is that of the difficulties inherent with
certain types of disabilities, and the problems in using an online
solution where environmental disadvantages are present such as high
noise levels within the manufacturing industries, or poor connectivity
in underdeveloped countries.
Another consideration is that of the skills shortage within
the global Internet industry and, therefore, the requirement to
develop a system of module creation that is accessible in itself
to those without a knowledge of programming or Internet design techniques.
By developing a simple method of module creation, using an advanced
content management system that is capable of producing accessible
educational modules which can then be combined to create a complete
course of study, the problems outlined above can all be solved.
Teaching materials for all academic and vocational levels and for
all subjects can then be adapted to be displayed online, allowing
a worldwide life-long learning programme to be significantly enhanced
and adopted by all.
There are several other long term objectives that the further development
and implementation of this module creation system will help to address:
- To develop long-term education opportunities for those who are
disadvantaged and may not otherwise access e-learning, leading
on to the increased potential for subsequent employment based
on qualifications gained through e-learning.
- To follow the guiding principals of Agenda 21 - the ALFA Project
will increase the level of awareness of the population about Agenda
21 issues through the medium of the Internet, without discrimination
or being exclusive to able bodied users.
- To develop working arrangements which can disseminate specialist
knowledge, skills and resources on a global basis leading to needs-met