ERIC Number: ED314030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Organization and Technology Issues Related to Distance Education. TDC Research Report No. 3.
This report focuses on the first of three phases in a project at the Institute of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics (IAFHE) at the University of Minnesota. This project has been charged with developing a plan for delivering credit and on-credit educational offerings at multiple locations in the state. Background information on the project environment is followed by a description of the information-gathering approach, which consisted of interviews with faculty designed to elicit data related to target audiences, problems in instructional delivery, interaction among IAFHE units and between IAFHE and other university units, and their specific interests in distance education. A discussion of the findings covers: (1) needs of practicing professionals, nontraditional students, upper-division undergraduates, and institute faculty; (2) opportunities for the implementation of educational technology and benefits to faculty and students; and (3) barriers to the use of telecommunications technology, including time concerns, financial issues, lack of access to technical support, and fear of technology. Several technology options are suggested for short-term, mid-term, and long-term use. Included in the report are a brief overview of the second phase, which covers policy issues, implementation strategies, and support development, and a copy of the interview schedule. (4 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Telecommunications Development Center.
Note: For other reports in this series produced by the Telecommunications Development Center, see IR 014 111-116.