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ERIC Number: ED307092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-4
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cooperation and Collaboration in Distance Education: The Contact North/Contact Nord Experience.
Anderson, Terry; And Others
This paper describes Contact North/Contact Nord, a pilot project that attempts to improve strategies for distance education in Northern Ontario, Canada. The goals of the program include meeting ongoing and future educational needs of rural Canadians by improving the design and operation of technologically enhanced distance education programs. The project aims to enhance institutional collaboration in distance education course development, course credit transfer, and common open learning systems. Ministries of the Ontario government cooperated with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to support the four-year, $20 million project. A fund was established to encourage proposals for a new development framework. Institutions either geographically or philosophically isolated worked to design collaborative projects. Monies were budgeted to implement a uniform, automated library service that was accessible across northern Ontario. The colleges' video production resources are used cooperatively and partner institutions are able to offer enhanced academic resources--specialized expertise can be traded for practical field experience, for example. Contact North/Contact Nord has configured its distance education network to accommodate a wide variety of delivery modes, the most common being print and audio tape packages supplemented by audio and computer conferencing. Collaboration is facilitated by local community site coordinators. Francophone and Native American liaison officers have been contracted to work with targeted groups. The document concludes that, while it is still early to assess the impact of the Contact North/Contact Nord project, Ontario will have pioneered an advancement in distance education. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada