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ERIC Number: ED439881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-10
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Capitalizing Distance Technologies To Benefit Rural Children and Youth with Visual Disabilities.
Ferrell, Kay Alicyn; Wright, Charles; Persichitte, Kay A.; Lowell, Nathan
The University of Northern Colorado developed a master's degree program to train specialists in the education of students with visual disabilities in the 14-state region of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. The program is student-centered, stresses effective interaction between faculty and students and among students, and uses academic resources that address the multiple learning styles of students. Although multiple media and distance systems are used to deliver this program, the World Wide Web was chosen as a central learner and instructional resource for the conversion of each course for distance delivery. All courses have embedded syllabi, links to discipline and course standards, course requirements, descriptions of course activities, an asynchronous threaded discussion area, a course schedule, a dedicated class listserv, and a place for additional Web-based and other resources. Student support systems include an online admissions application, a student handbook, a Toll-Free phone number into the special education division office, a Webmaster who responds to technical problems, a CD-ROM with Web browser to load on home computers, and course and enrollment listservs. The project found that the design of distance education courses was expensive and needed much time and expertise; significant specialized design was required since most distance delivery technologies are visual; and extensive advance planning and faculty training were required. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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