ERIC Number: ED381150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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SUNY Campus Leadership as a Catalyst for Developing Virtual Community Learning Systems.
Benson, Gregory M., Jr.
This paper reflects SUNY's (State University of New York) efforts at applying technology and telecommunications to improve the quality, accessibility, and productivity of educational programs and to enhance the return on the public investments in education. It is built upon the experiences of SUNY campuses, local schools, and industry which have focused on developing community application designs that are affordable and educationally sound. This paper outlines why SUNY leadership is necessary to foster community collaboration, shows the community benefits to be derived through assumption of this leadership role, and suggests actions for those willing to accept the challenge. Adult learning, technical training, workplace literacy, homebound instruction and community learning sites are among the goals of the proposed community collaboration. Community leadership strategies discussed in section one include: (1) educational significance; (2) wide community applicability and access; (3) integration with sound educational practices and among the technologies themselves; and (4) collaboration among key community partners. Section two, "Needs and Directions," discusses nine issues to be considered in making a community effort; and "Where Are We Now?" compares the myth versus reality of educational technologies. In section three, 13 requirements of a community learning system design are outlined, and ten steps toward taking a community leadership role are presented in section four. Finally, section five argues that a community lifelong learning system is possible, and must be done. Specific SUNY community and statewide learning technology projects are discussed in an appendix. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: State University of New York
Note: Adaptation of an address and paper entitled "Creating the Learning Community: Considerations for the School Superintendent as Community Learning Manager," presented at the New England Conference on Technology and Education (Cambridge, MA, April 1, 1995).