ERIC Number: ED455761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Challenges Faced by Institutions of Higher Education in Migrating to Distance Learning.
Broskoske, Stephen L.; Harvey, Francis A.
This paper presents the results of a research study conducted in fall 1999 to examine the challenges facing higher educational institutions in migrating to distance learning. The study consisted of five case studies conducted at higher educational institutions in Pennsylvania. At each institution the researchers interviewed the president and other senior administrators and conducted a focus group with administrators and key faculty involved in distance education. Participants in the study reviewed and analyzed a comprehensive model developed by the researchers for applying principles of organizational agility to distance learning. Researchers investigated how institutions of higher education could strategically coordinate human resources, organizational dynamics, and distance learning technologies in a systematic way in order to gain and maintain a competitive edge in the educational marketplace, and in order to be more responsive to students. The study found that issues related to faculty and other personnel, marketing, competition, budget, and planning were more significant for the success of distance education than technological issues. Implications for planning and implementing successful distance programs are presented. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (23rd, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000). Volumes 1-2; see IR 020 712.