ERIC Number: ED460735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Community Colleges and Online Education.
Mellander, Gustavo A.; Mellander, Nelly
This document takes the information provided in another report, "Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators," produced by the National School Network, and adapts it for community colleges. It addresses the issue of the extent to which community college teachers are actively involved in online education, and how they can become knowledgeable enough to understand and tackle the many varieties and implications of this new trend. An "eleven-step process" is presented for implementing an online collaborative project; each step is followed by examples from two school-based collaborations. The eleven steps are: (1) determine goals by asking people who will be involved in the project what they wish to accomplish; (2) decide when to begin the project and the guidelines for communicating; (3) decide how teachers will be compensated for the extra time required for the project; (4) be an advocate for the online conference; (5) prepare a preliminary action plan and proposal that details what is being studied; (6) establish the hardware and software requirements for the environment; (7) identify the individuals to join the projects; (8) select the participants and the moderator(s); (9) prepare for the first group encounter; (10) begin the discussions; and (11) have the new community of learners evaluate the project work. The paper concludes by advising readers to examine the original report. (VWC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. National Center for Community Coll. Education.