ERIC Number: ED449933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Vista School District Digital Intranet: The Delivery of Advanced Placement Courses to Young Adult Learners in Rural Communities.
Power, David; Stevens, Ken; Boone, Wilbert; Barry, Maurice
In partnership with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Vista School District, 1 of 10 districts in Newfoundland, Canada, established the Vista School District Digital Intranet (VSDDI) to deliver Web-based advanced placement courses to rural students. Advanced placement mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry courses are delivered via a district digital intranet that connects all district senior high schools and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Each participating school has a school intranet linked to a satellite dish that provides access to the VSDDI intranet and the Internet. Instruction includes both synchronous and asynchronous components. Synchronous instruction allows students in multiple, rural schools to communicate in real time with each other and with their instructor, using whiteboards, chat, video, and voice communication. The asynchronous component provides student access to lessons, a bulletin board, private email, a calendar, tests, presentations, individual evaluation records, and a software package that allows students and instructors in separate schools and different times to take part in a virtual classroom discussion. As of September 1999, the program has been expanded to 5 of the 10 school districts in Newfoundland. The URL is included. (TD)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Internet, Rural Education
Full text at Web site: http://www.tellearn.mun.ca/pubs/kssnnews.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memorial Univ., St. John's (Newfoundland). Faculty of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada