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ERIC Number: ED413860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 20
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Distance Education: No Longer a Rural Domain.
Churton, Michael W.
A one-year pilot program at five videoconferencing learning centers addressed the use of videoconferencing as an effective instructional delivery model in distance education for post secondary teacher education. The need to offer teachers increased continuing educational opportunities has placed a significant demand on university training programs to offer additional courses to meet their needs. The pilot program focused on the collaborative design and development of a distance learning network delivering seven university classes. Factors that contributed to the success of the pilot program include: the use of videoconferencing; pre-planning, training, and facilitation of individuals involved in the delivery of instruction; and the collaborative grassroots organization and support for the program. The program proved to be an effective means for delivering instructional content to remote areas of the region. Increased training for faculty, facilitators, and technologists must be provided and funded in order to continue the program. The use of videoconferencing requires extensive planning and human resources for instruction to be effective. Videoconferencing learning communities allow for educational opportunities previously denied. In addition, the varied use of videoconferencing provides additional opportunities for schools, communities, and governmental agencies to increase the viability of information and resources to remote locations. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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