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ERIC Number: ED348967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Innovation and the Process of Change: A Case Study in Distance Education.
The purpose of this study is to describe and analyze Oregon's efforts to provide equal access to education, training, and information services to its citizens using advanced communication technologies through ED-NET, an innovative state agency for distance learning. It is noted that creation of ED-NET in 1989 required the coordination of multiple educational institutions, governmental agencies, private businesses, and legislative processes, as well as the development of three separate electronic networks, each with hardware and programming requirements. Discussion of the theoretical framework for the study reviews the forces influencing the development of ED-NET, including the political climate and culture as well as distance learning and information technologies. Methods and data sources for the study are then briefly described. The four significant themes considered to be critical to the successful implementation of ED-NET are discussed in some detail, including major problems they have created: (1) intra- and inter-agency cooperation; (2) economic self-sufficiency; (3) hardware issues; and (4) programming. It is noted that, despite initial setbacks, the ED-NET system has gradually begun to function and to demonstrate potential for the future. Four recommendations conclude the report. (ALF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Change Strategies, Cooperative Programs, Costs, Distance Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Information Services, Innovation, Problems, Program Implementation, Programing, State Programs, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).