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Gabriele Ferrazzi
Adjunct Professor, Department of Rural Development
Brandon University, Canada

Gabriele Ferrazzi received his MA in rural development and his PhD in rural studies from the University of Guelph. He also holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Department of Rural Development (DRD) at Brandon University (Manitoba, Canada) in the fall of 2000, after a varied 20-year career in Canadian and international consulting and teaching. Recurrent themes in Ferrazzi's work are skill transfer (the application of teaching, training, and advising abilities across different professional settings) and institutional development. He currently is spearheading the DRD's efforts to develop an online version of graduate courses in rural development, and in partnership with other Canadian universities, he hopes to extend rural development education to an international market.

Rural learners have been disadvantaged in the educational marketplace, but online delivery removes obstacles created by distance. Ferrazzi explores ways in which academic programs can make the best pedagogic use of distributed learning software and, at the same time, foster a sense of teamwork among learners and a community development ethic within rural development students. His research interests include the challenges faced by small educational units that seek to develop distributed learning capabilities.

In addition to developing online courses and teaching, Ferrazzi conducts research on local economic development and continues to maintain international outreach activities, primarily in the area of local government and decentralization within Southeast Asia

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