ERIC Number: ED371922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning Technologies Link Adults to Educational Programming, Opportunities.
Rural Clearinghouse Digest, v1 n2 Jun 1994
Telecommunications technologies can provide residents of rural communities with an array of educational opportunities unavailable in the past. This digest describes six programs that illustrate the range of providers, programs, and technologies that can be used to better meet the educational needs of adult learners in rural areas. The program sites are the University of Kentucky, Washington State University, Kirkwood Community College, Big Sky Telegraph at Western Montana State University, the Vermont Institute for Self-Reliance, and the Brisbane School of Distance Education. The scope of the programs ranges from associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs to preschool, primary, secondary, and adult education. Barriers to providing distance education in rural areas include inadequate telecommunications infrastructure supporting distance learning technologies, socioeconomic factors, inexperience in the use of distance learning technologies, and limited availability of programming that matches the needs of rural learners. If these barriers can be overcome by coupling advances in distance learning technologies with innovative programming, educational providers can link rural communities to the training and continuing education programs they need to compete in the Information Age. The digest includes descriptions of 13 organizations, networks, and clearinghouses pertinent to distance learning in rural areas and 47 additional sources of information. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development.