ERIC Number: ED430612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
The TeleEducation NB Programme Development Fund Report, 1993-1998.
The Programme Development Fund (PDF) was created to fund the design of distance education courses and programs in New Brunswick. Of the 132 projects funded, 23 were awarded to the private sector, 31 to community colleges, 62 to universities, 12 to non-profit organizations, and 4 to secondary schools. In addition to newly created jobs and the development of more than 167 distance courses, the province has reaped the following benefits from its participation in the program: (1) an increased accessibility to learning opportunities; (2) opportunities to develop multimedia distance learning software; (3) national and international attention; and (4) learning industry contacts outside the province. After the program, PDF recipients evaluated the experience to identify problems and possible improvements. Most problems identified were those of product development, which were due to poor finances, a heavy workload, and administrative problems. Among the recommendations that recipients offered were (1) developers should create and follow a comprehensive business plan and a marketing strategy; (2) team commitment is essential; and (3) enough time should be allowed to overcome technological obstacles. The majority of recipients reported being satisfied with the program procedures and recommend the same form be used in future projects, although some felt that more focus was needed on exportable, possibly profitable projects. (VF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: TeleEducation NB, Fredericton (New Brunswick).
Identifiers - Location: Canada