ERIC Number: ED419559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Florida Community College Distance Learning Consortium Report.
Florida Community Coll. Distance Learning Consortium, Tallahassee.
This document discusses the benefits of distance education and the necessary steps for its implementation. It begins by describing the societal changes that are paving the way for distance learning, such as reduced access for expanding student populations and the dissolution of geographic boundaries. The next section explains the rationale behind a distance learning initiative, reviewing the current situation and the proposed instructional network. The following section discusses objectives, which include: increasing access to education; providing alternatives to classroom-bound instruction; reducing the cost of course delivery; increasing lifelong learning opportunities; increasing collaboration among community colleges and universities; reducing requirements for new facilities; reducing time needed to obtain a degree or training; and increasing capability through strategic partnerships with the private sector. Network design and components are also discussed, as are steps for implementing Florida's new instructional network and the resulting benefits. An addendum to the document is also included with follow-up information about implementation. (YKH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Networks, Distance Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Information Networks, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Two Year Colleges
World Wide Web: http://www.distancelearn.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Community Coll. Distance Learning Consortium, Tallahassee.