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ERIC Number: ED410991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-14
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Learning Online: A 20th Century Zen Experience.
Balch, David E.; Patino, I. F.
California's Rio Hondo Community College (RHCC) began developing on-line programs in response to rapidly approaching external changes affecting education and training. These changes included reduced funding for expansion, increased needs for inservice training, increasing numbers of adult students, and the growth of computer technologies and the Internet. Current distance learning applications allow colleges to combine new roles for teachers and learners, new learning paradigms, and technology that increases speed and accessibility. In developing the new program, however, planners at RHCC faced immediate resistance to change among faculty and staff. In addition, the following issues and obstacles had to be addressed: (1) gaining the support of key administrators; (2) convincing faculty, the Academic Senate, and the college's Curriculum Committee that distance learners would receive the same support and quality instruction as on-campus learners; (3) obtaining the support and assistance of colleagues in the target department; (4) assessing student needs and piloting courses; (5) maintaining adequate technology and deciding upon elements to be implemented; and (6) allowing sufficient time to implement the program. The obstacles were overcome, however, and, as of 1997, 24 Web-based professional update courses related to peace officer education were offered through the college's Public Service department. The course pages include course titles, descriptions, learning goals, activities, assignments, and links to other Internet resources. Contains 18 footnotes. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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