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ERIC Number: ED407012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 8
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From On-Site to Distance Education: A High Wire Act in Innovation and Leadership.
Conrad, Brenda; Nordstrom, Pam
In response to demands to incorporate distance delivery and technology into education to increase access and decrease costs, Mount Royal College in Alberta, Canada, has developed a multi-modal model of distance delivery to enhance learning. The model includes eight modes of distance instruction, each with its benefits and challenges to implementation. Paper-based distance education material is flexible, inexpensive to produce, and user friendly, but dependence on surface mail for distribution can be expensive and complex. Audio and videotapes are also produced and purchased by the college, while these methods also face problems related to delayed booking by students, slow surface mail, and late returns. Audio-teleconferencing represents a highly effective method of increasing interaction among learners and instructors, but may involve high long distance charges for telephone lines, while video-conferencing also increases interaction but may also be limited by high costs. Telephone teaching involves student-teacher interaction on a one-to-one personal level, with specific instructor hours devoted to telephone contact. Digital technology eliminates surface mail and increases accessibility for some students but also requires experts and student access to the technology. In implementing these innovative programs, college leaders have had to manage daily operations, as well as understand the impact of innovations on programs. Leaders have also been called upon to act as pioneers, problem-solvers, consultants, cheerleaders, role models, mentors, and coaches. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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