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ERIC Number: ED454009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 17
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Bridging the Great Divide: Connecting Alaska Native Learners and Leaders via "High Touch-High Tech" Distance Learning.
Berkshire, Steven; Smith, Gary
The Rural Alaska Native Adult program of Alaska Pacific University is specifically designed for adult Native learners. Courses in business administration, human services, and teacher education are offered to rural Native adult students via an interactive Internet-based format after an initial 1-week residency. The Internet component is facilitated via an interactive Internet seminar in a primarily asynchronous format. Course content is covered in applications-based, problem solving; highly inductive, integrated discussions; and debates. Tasks are frequently small-group or cohort-based, encouraging teamwork and leadership growth. The asynchronous format allows time for reflection, critical thinking about issues, and discussion of the subject matter with local mentors and elders. Such a format is very culturally appropriate and relevant for the Alaska Native learner. The predominate learning style is inductive, with applications-based exploration and knowledge building. Supplementing the asynchronous learning approach is a weekly online chat/conference room. Technology requirements are minimal--an off-the-shelf computer with CD-ROM and Internet capability and an ISP. Huge files and lots of "bells and whistles" are avoided. Realization of the difficulties that students encountered during the transition from campus-based residency to community-based continuing study in the Internet seminar resulted in implementation of counseling and socialization processes before and during the residency component. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska