ERIC Number: ED402957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-4
Distance Learning and Technology Plan.
King, Maxwell C.
Brevard Community College (BCC), in Florida, undertook a review of enrollment, social and workplace trends, and institutional capabilities to determine opportunities, barriers, and implications for the institution in implementing distance education (DE) and instructional technology. Trends analyzed included enrollment shifts toward older students, economic needs for increased workforce retraining, and technological innovations in the workplace. To help determine opportunities for DE created by these trends, two national studies of college practices were reviewed, finding an increasing number of connections to the Internet, widespread offering of DE courses, and predicted increases in courses using electronic materials and distance technologies. Barriers identified included resistance to change among the culture that defines education as a classroom process rather than a learning-centered process and the need to increase the emphasis on customer service and value-added benefits. Based on these analyses, BCC developed recommended strategies and goals for implementing DE and technological innovation and developed a Distance Learning and Technology Plan. The Plan addresses institutional strategies related to technological innovations, including television systems, satellite service, computer-assisted instruction, and the Internet; curricular strategies; and learner support strategies. The Plan also addresses inter-institutional strategies for the 54 Florida community college campuses related to telecommunications infrastructure, hardware and facilities, and technology-based and DE courseware development, as well as strategies for forming DE partnerships. Diagrams of three computer system configurations are appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brevard Community Coll., Cocoa, FL.