ERIC Number: ED227745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Counselling The Distance Student: Fact or Fiction. Occasional Paper, Number 2, Winter 1979.
Gough, J. E.; Coltman, B.
Open Campus, n2 Win 1979.
The distance teaching counseling program for mature students at Deakin University, Australia, is discussed, along with the extent to which adequate counseling is provided for the distance student in Australia and other countries. Completion of admission and enrollment procedures for new off-campus students between June and December in the year prior to their starting the course helps prepare Deakin University distance students. The first teaching material is sent 5-6 weeks before the on-campus counterpart of the class begins, and a counseling package provides the following materials: information on potential problems, available resources, a self-assessment exercise to review reasons for college study at Deaken University, and advice on study techniques. Students can also request information on the nature and content of units being offered. In addition, a Saturday workshop helps students explore in more detail some of the issues raised in the counseling package as well as other student concerns. Needs assessment suggests the following conclusions: a single session or workshop is not sufficient to deal effectively with student needs; returning or continuing in college is more difficult for women; and high-risk students need to be identified and receive special programing. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Geelong (Australia). Centre for Educational Services.
Identifiers: Australia; Distance Education