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ERIC Number: ED407016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Lessons Learned in Kindergarten Go the Distance: Occupational Program Sharing.
Dailey, Beth; Budjac, Susan
In 1993, in response to declining resources and demand for dental hygienists at other technical colleges, Wisconsin's Northcentral Technical College (NTC) converted its dental hygienist program from a traditional format to a distance format that uses interactive television and is shared between NTC and three other colleges. The framework used by the college to plan the new program focused first on meeting learner needs and then moved toward getting faculty and institutional support; involving stakeholders in planning, while taking into account accreditation and program management issues; and exploring technology options and costs. The final phase of planning addressed facility needs; assessment methods; and student, faculty, and curriculum development. Literature reviews and interviews conducted with faculty, administrators, and counselors revealed key ingredients for success in the following areas: (1) technical, emphasizing the need to change cameras and angles, plan for equipment failures, and prepare contingency plans; (2) instructional, including required meetings between the instructor and extended classroom students, the use of humor to humanize instruction, and the importance of well-organized teachers; and (3) organizational, focusing on the use of faculty co-facilitators, the establishment of uniform policies and site facilitation procedures, staff development, and classroom management. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A