ERIC Number: ED453041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
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A Partnership Model for the Offshore Delivery of a Research MEd in Rural Studies.
McSwan, David; Store, Ron
James Cook University, Queensland, Australia (JCU) and Malaspina University College, British Columbia (MUC) have developed a partnership model for the delivery of JCU's Masters degree in education in rural studies. The course was delivered via distance education from MUC. Program evaluation was conducted via questionnaires returned by 25 students from the first 2 cohorts and interviews with JCU and MUC staff. Findings indicate that the program has generally been successful for both students and staff. Students reported that they enjoyed the program and would recommend it to others. Two thirds of the students reported that it had already changed their work practices and, despite a number of criticisms concerning the delivery of the program, the majority found information and resource accessibility adequate. Staff at both MUC and JCU unanimously supported the program, finding it professionally rewarding and academically stimulating. The program has been financially successful, providing a steadily growing surplus. Problems identified include: a perceived lack of information from JCU regarding enrollment and subject offerings; problems in enrolling students; problems in advising students of subject results; lack of support in understanding and using technology; delays in return of assignments; inaccessibility of JCU staff; and a lack of communication between MUC thesis supervisors and students, and JCU thesis supervisors. Expansion of the course to include rural law enforcement and rural development is being considered. (TD)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Masters Programs, Participant Satisfaction, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
For full text: http://www.nexus.edu.au/TeachStud/arera/research/McSwan.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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