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ERIC Number: ED498192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Promise and the Power of Distance Learning in Rural Education. Policy Brief
Hobbs, Vicki
Rural School and Community Trust
A rapidly growing number of rural students are increasingly involved in some form of distance learning for all or part of the school day (or night). The precise long-term impact of distance learning technologies on schooling will not be known for several years. But this paper embraces the likelihood that distance learning will revolutionize the concept of 'schooling'--not by abandoning schools and individualizing and isolating students in the process, but rather by enhancing individual and class educational opportunities most often in the context of a school. It focuses on the applicability and potential of two-way interactive television for small and rural K-12 schools as a primary asset in improving educational access and equity and calls for the adoption of enlightened distance learning policies and guidelines at the state and local levels. The following are appended: (1) Characteristics of Major Distance Learning Technologies; (2) Types of Distance Learning Technologies; and (3) a Categorization of State Videoconferencing Policies. A glossary is also included. (Contains 2 tables and 27 endnotes.)
Rural School and Community Trust. 1530 Wilson Boulevard #240, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 703-243-1487; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust, Randolph, VT.