ERIC Number: ED403394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Distance Education Task Force. Final Report.
Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida formed a task force in mid-1995 to develop a comprehensive plan for using distance education in the next century. A questionnaire was sent to department chairs and research center directors at the university (59 responses) requesting information on how they would use distance education in administration, extension, research, and teaching. The respondents selected full-credit courses and extension workshops as the most likely uses for distance education. They also suggested that they would need assistance in using technology. The task force recommended focus on the following areas: (1) forming a distance education committee; (2) prioritizing a course and program offerings; (3) developing a support structure; (4) designing methods for faculty incentives to develop distance education programming; (5) developing distance learning materials; (6) maintaining and developing technological and personnel infrastructure; (7) developing a training program; (8) establishing a marketing plan; and (9) developing distance education linkages with other colleges at the University of Florida, state and federal agencies, and businesses. (Four appendixes describe available distance education technologies, list IFAS programs delivered via satellite and videotape, and include the task force questionnaire and tables of results. The report includes 20 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.