ERIC Number: ED343622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Community College of Maine Annual Report, Year Two, 1990-1991.
Maine Univ., Augusta. Office of Distance Education.
The Community College of Maine (CCM) makes use of new telecommunications and information technologies to overcome the barriers of geography, cost, and time that have always limited access to higher education for Maine's rural communities. Currently, the Interactive Television System (ITV) is the primary means used to broadcast CCM courses, but computer conferencing, videodiscs, fax exchange, audioconferencing, and electronic mail are increasingly being used. By spring 1991, during the second year of college operations, 40 courses were being transmitted to 3,655 registrants in over 75 different locations. Eleven off-campus centers coordinate registration, academic advising, admissions, financial aid, and other services for students in the region, who also attend classes at these centers and 50 high school sites. Materials distribution to and from faculty is funneled through the centers by way of the Office of Off-Campus Education at the University of Maine, Augusta. The centers also provide access to URSUS, the University's computerized public access library catalog. A 1991 Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "New Pathways to a Degree" grant will allow CCM to upgrade its curriculum, support services, and faculty/staff development. The CCM network is also used by organizations across Maine for long-distance business meetings and training sessions. Approximately 475 hours of teleconferencing and special events were produced in 1990-91. Appendixes, constituting over half the annual report, include: (1) maps of ITV coverage; (2) enrollment data; (3) CCM site maps; (4) CCM off-campus library requests; (5) 1990-91 Annenberg/CPB funded proposals; and (6) information on ITV System users. (JSP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Extension Education, Instructional Innovation, Noncampus Colleges, Nontraditional Education, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Student Personnel Services, Telecommunications, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Augusta. Office of Distance Education.