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ERIC Number: ED408238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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A Degree of Distinction: A Collaborative Model for Degree Delivery via Distance Education.
Foster, Lenoar; And Others
The University of Montana (Missoula) has developed its first electronically delivered graduate degree program. Participating in the collaborative effort are the School of Education, the Center for Continuing Education and Summer Programs, and the Higher Education Center at the Helena College of Technology of the University of Montana. The first graduate distance cohort is comprised of 30 practicing teachers who live in central and western Montana. They will be the first students to receive their complete graduate education via distance education from the School of Education at the University of Montana. Among the issues considered by the faculty in planning this program were: (1) collaborative degree design and content; (2) diverse student clientele; (3) collaborative consultation and planning; (4) faculty training and support; (5) faculty workloads; (6) university resources necessary for delivery of the program; (7) supervision of research activities and other projects; and (8) assessment of program delivery. So far, this distance graduate degree program in education has been considered a success by participating students and faculty. Problematic areas have been access to library and other resources and the variability in computer skills among students. Some program and institutional needs are: faculty development in the area of instructional design; structural and technical compatibility between the center in Helena and the main campus in Missoula; and a stable on-site coordinator. (Contains 16 references.) (SPM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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