ERIC Number: ED457809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning in Maryland Colleges and Universities, Academic Year 2000.
Sumler, David E.
This report discusses the extent and character of the distance learning (DL) activities of Maryland colleges and universities during academic year 2000 (fall semester 1999 and spring semester 2000). Out-of-state institutions that might have been operating in Maryland are not included. Between 1997 and 2000, Maryland colleges and universities increased the number of credit courses offered by all forms of distance learning from 1,245 credit courses with 29,145 enrollments to 2,135 courses with 53,194 enrollments. In 1997, one-way, pre-recorded video was the most popular mode of DL delivery, but in 1999-2000, the most popular modes were asynchronous online instruction (1,064 courses), one-way, prerecorded video (513 courses), and two-way interactive video and audition (362 curses). In 2000, 14 Maryland institutions offered 50 degree programs either primarily or entirely by distance learning. A digital divide has been identified between Maryland's higher education institutions. On one side are the institutions that have adopted DL enthusiastically, and on the other are institutions, generally the smaller community colleges, a few public universities, and most independent colleges, who have not invested in electronically mediated instruction. Study results suggest that much of the future growth in higher education enrollments will be in the use of information technologies to reach new markets, colleges, and universities that have not entered DL in a competitive way. The survey is attached. (Contains 87 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Higher Education Commission, Annapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland