ERIC Number: ED408939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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)
Descriptors: Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Instructional Development, Nontraditional Education, Partnerships in Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Shared Resources and Services, Strategic Planning, Systems Development
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Macy Research Associates, Wills Point, TX.; East Texas Learning Interactive Network Consortium.