ERIC Number: ED451015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education: Taking Classes to the Students.
Collins, Timothy; Dewees, Sarah
Rural South: Preparing for the Challenges of the 21st Century, n17 Feb 2001
Technological advances have equipped educational institutions with the capability to take classes to the student. Higher education institutions throughout the South are upgrading existing wide-area networks connecting buildings and campuses to create statewide "backbones" that will serve primary and secondary schools, libraries, offices, and homes. Such technology will overcome geographic barriers to access. Challenges involved with implementing distance education include the need to handle organizational, management, and educational changes over the short and long term; limited access to quality programming among certain populations defined by race, social class, or geography; the need for teachers to learn new approaches to teaching, monitoring, and mentoring to adequately serve their students; and the need for standards of quality for new programs. Success factors for effective use of wide-area networks include support from educational institutions and governments that facilitates sustained interest and funding; development of new organizations to handle technology's rapid change; planning and management processes that are open and participatory so that affected parties, including the private sector, have input; effective leadership by education agencies; concentration of telecommunications investments on new technologies, especially Internet technologies; and dealing with funding issues. (Contains 14 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Geographic Isolation, Higher Education, Information Technology, Internet, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Shared Resources and Services, Telecommunications, Virtual Universities
Full text at Web site: http://ext.msstate.edu/srdc/publications/millennium.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Farm Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.