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ERIC Number: ED408939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 108
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
How To Start and Maintain a Rural-Based Distance Learning Consortium: Creating Connections. A Project of ET-LINC.
Macy Research Associates, Wills Point, TX.; East Texas Learning Interactive Network Consortium.
This manual recommends procedures for developing and operating a rural-based distance learning consortium. Following some brief definitions and an outline of the three basic essentials for success (trust, shared vision, and suitable telecommunication infrastructure), guidelines for developing a distance learning consortium are presented in five phases: (1) starting a consortium; (2) setting up the distance learning system; (3) preparing for distance learning instruction; (4) operating and managing the distance learning system; and (5) moving toward institutionalization. Discussion includes how to: identify potential telecommunications partners; develop a planning task force; form a coalition of participating school districts/higher education institutions; form a group of local district distance learning coordinators; secure technical telecommunication agents; complete technical preparations with telecommunication providers; bring member sites online; conduct first-year public relations; plan course offerings; identify and train teachers; involve the community; operate distance learning classrooms; manage the distance system, staff, and equipment; and move toward institutionalization. Fifteen appendices include various supporting documents. (AEF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Macy Research Associates, Wills Point, TX.; East Texas Learning Interactive Network Consortium.