ERIC Number: ED481951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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The Business of Teaching and Learning with Technology in Florida's Community Colleges.
Sandiford, Janice R.
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which Florida's 28 public community colleges are implementing and using distance delivery of instruction. Research questions addressed the mission, the delivery organization, the content areas and modes of delivery, the faculty, and the support services involved in the delivery of distance courses. Although 70% of the country's 2-year and 4-year colleges are offering online courses, the method of delivery is receiving mixed reviews. National accrediting bodies consider the method of delivery to be less than adequate. Florida's community colleges enroll nearly one million students and graduate nearly 50,000 associate degree and certificate completers annually. The author argues for distance education as a way to address increasing demand with little funding to back that demand, and as a way to increase access for those who live too far from an institution of higher learning. For Spring 2001, 22 of the 28 Florida community colleges offered a total of 1,133 Web-based classes, representing less than 10% of total course offerings statewide. The Florida Community College Distance Learning Consortium is responsible for coordinating the establishment of a technology-enhanced community college delivery system. Reports on some of the projects in development. (Contains 21 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida