ERIC Number: ED480911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
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An Overview of Distance Education at Boise State University. Research Report.
Belcheir, Marcia J.; Atkinson, Janet
This study, first in a three-part series, looked at distance education at Boise State University, Idaho, to explore the current distance education delivery methods, the growth in distance education, enrollment, and teaching in distance education. Data from various university sources show that in the past 5 years, the numbers of distance education courses, enrollments, and credits produced have more than doubled at Boise State. In the 1999-2000 academic year, 134 courses were offered, with an enrollment of 2,286 students, resulting in 6,645 credits. Delivery methods included telecourses (public television with a limited number of live class meetings), the Knowledge Network (live broadcast by microwave to limited distribution sites and homes through wireless or wired cable), the Higher Education Network (broadcasts through the statewide analog microwave system), the Internet, radio, videoconferencing, and videotape. Internet courses have shown the most growth in the past 5 years, although the Knowledge Network continues to generate the most credits and serve the most students. Distance education enrolls only a small portion of Boise State students. Tenure-track faculty, however, are significantly involved in the delivery of distance education courses. Distance education appears to be a small but growing enterprise at Boise State. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.