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ERIC Number: ED416724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-23
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Making the Leap to Hyperspace in Distributed Learning.
Beck, Susan E.; Ormand, Brian
This paper describes the origins and early development of the Institute for Technology Assisted Learning (ITAL) at New Mexico State University, which was established to assist faculty with both resources and training to teach in a distributed learning model. ITAL held seminars for eight faculty during a 3-week period in July 1997 with the expectation that the would be able to develop a distance education course for the 1997-98 academic year. Participants received laptop computers, computer software, and hands-on training in electronic research methods, video and Internet course delivery, World Wide Web publishing, PowerPoint presentations, teaching methods, and the integration of technology into curriculum development. Faculty participant evaluations rated the training sessions as satisfactory to excellent; however, faculty felt that they needed more time to learn about new, technical applications. It is concluded that for a program such as ITAL to be effective, adequate funding is essential. It is also noted that faculty participants need hands-on instruction and practice with all of the new technologies and tools introduced. Five appendixes provide ITAL background materials, program application forms, the program budget, information on library services for distance education students, and participant evaluations. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A