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ERIC Number: ED428005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 15
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A Joint Distance Learning Course in American Government.
Martinez, Michael D.; MacMillan, Gretchen
In overcoming the physical limitations of a single campus, distance education promises to diversify the student population, exposing students to a wider array of experiences and backgrounds. This paper reports how adequately distance education technology fulfilled that promise in a joint seminar in American politics that included students at the University of Florida and the University of Calgary (Canada). Students in the two locations were connected to each other and to the instructors at both locations. The goal was to allow Canadian and U.S. students to interact with professors at both campuses and with one another on a regular basis. The Calgary class was offered as an undergraduate seminar in U.S. politics, while the Florida class was offered as a senior colloquium. Since videoconferencing was envisioned as the major vehicle for student interaction from the two campuses, class times had to be coordinated from the outset, making recruitment of students more difficult. An e-mail discussion list was also provided, and examples of student postings are included. Group collaborations on research projects were encouraged, but logistical and human difficulties were compounded by the distance between the groups. Still, student evaluations on both campuses emphasized the added value that the videoconference format provided to the learning experience. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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