ERIC Number: ED289575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Serving Distant Learners through Instructional Technologies.
Drea, John T.; Armistead, L. Pendleton
John Wood Community College (JWCC) serves a district population of approximately 90,000 in a predominantly rural section of west-central Illinois. In an effort to address the needs of the rural long-distance learner, JWCC has implemented a variety of instructional delivery techniques. Since its inception, JWCC has contracted with other area colleges and proprietary schools to provide education to JWCC students. JWCC students attend class with "native" students of contracting institutions, yet pay the low tuition and fees of JWCC. This allows JWCC to access quality instruction without duplication of facilities and manpower. A second innovative delivery method is represented by JWCC's developed Open Learning Centers, which feature open-entry/open-exit courses taught with a mastery learning design. The centers utilize media-based materials (audio and video taped materials and computer-assisted instruction) to individualize instruction in a wide range of courses for over 1,400 students each year. In addition to existing programs, JWCC is making plans to: (1) deliver college courses to rural communities via the computer, modems, and telephone lines; (2) promote the use of new computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology by local industries by introducing a CAD/CAM lab at a local business incubator; and (3) expand its use of a regional educational television network, which offers recorded telecourses that can be received in the home via cable television and an interactive televised microwave network which allows two-way communication between network sites. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Wood Community Coll., Quincy, IL.