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ERIC Number: ED261714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Diversifying the Instructional Process.
Walker, Margery
An overview is provided of the University of Alaska's Rural Education Division, which was created in 1975 in the wake of the discovery of oil on the North Slope, the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and the recognition of the need for more access to higher education by native and other rural residents. Introductory material discusses the history of the division, its place within the University of Alaska system, the basic design of the division, and the priority clientele (i.e., Native Alaskans). Next, a section on the design of rural education in the state focuses on the importance of grass roots participation, joint financial support, local control, community and university partnership, and the state's investment in an extensive satellite communication system. Staffing concerns are examined next. After indicating that staffing functions are defined at the local, regional, and statewide levels, this section outlines the roles of course facilitators, community assistants, part-time instructors, program delivery specialists, program coordinators/core faculty, distance education instructors, and learning resource specialists. Next, four instructional methods employed in the division are described: (1) classes offered by local residents with requisite expertise; (2) classes offered on a regional basis by non-local part- or full-time faculty; (3) classes offered through interactive communications, especially audioconferences; and (4) independent study by correspondence. The next section focuses on several process issues, including training, ownership, flexibility, and instructor role definition. The final sections offer a brief look at costs and impact on learning. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska