ERIC Number: ED418618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-12
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Distance Education Goes On-Line in the 21st Century.
Jones, Connie A.; Gower, Diane S.
This study examined distance education at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions of higher education. Both four-year and two-year institutions were surveyed via electronic mail. Thirty-five percent of the surveys were returned. The results indicated that all responding institutions were involved in distance education, specifically to reach potential students who had limited access to their campuses. The top five concerns of the institutions in regard to distance education were providing course materials for students, training faculty, ease of system operation, range of services, and cost effectiveness. The most frequently available mediums for offering classes were teleconferencing, cable television, and compressed video. While 80 percent of the universities surveyed had distance education policies, only 40 percent of those policies included provisions for on-line courses. The major issues cited regarding the future of distance education included the need for adequate funding and continued faculty support. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).