ERIC Number: ED165653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-17
Reference Count: N/A
A Model Regional Open Learning System. Final Report.
This 1978 report on the model regional open learning system of the University of Mid-America (UMA), Lincoln, Nebraska, summarizes the activities of the following program areas: course development, delivery, research and dissemination, and governance and administration. Descriptions are provided of courses in the following stages of development: four courses were completed, two courses began production, one course was designed, and five course definition papers were prepared for review. Negotiations were also begun with organizations outside the UMA consortium concerning cooperative course development activities. Five delivery activities included the sponsorship of five conferences/workshops and participation in one conference, all concerning open learning. An intensive marketing campaign of UMA course materials, cooperation with other telecourse producers, and dissemination of information about the university were accomplished. Generic research activities were directed toward the further development of a cooperative research program with faculty members from member institutions. Market research activities concerned student characteristics, potential students, demand for nontraditional services, and optimal conditions under which course adoptions might be secured. Governance and administrative activities included appointment of the first full-time president, meeting the special terms and conditions of the grant award, and acquisition of an in-house computer and word processing system. Funding proposals were prepared and submitted, the Japan studies course package was introduced, and two new universities were admitted into the consortium. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Annual Reports, College Administration, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Cooperation, Governance, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Institutional Cooperation, Institutional Research, Models, Nontraditional Students, Open Education, Regional Cooperation, Research Projects, Telecourses
University of Mid-America, Lincoln, Nebraska
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Mid-America, Lincoln, NE.