ERIC Number: EJ818934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Distributed Departments: A New Approach to Protecting the Vitality of Small Programs
Suson, Daniel J.; Cox, Paul H.; Hewett, Lionel D.; Leckenby, Henry J.; Espinosa, James; Fisher, Paul; Craig, David; Marble, Daniel K.; Balasubramanya, M. K.; Gonzalez, O.; Ni, Q.; Willson, V. L.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v17 n6 p595-609 Dec 2008
The Texas Electronic Coalition for Physics was established in 2000 as a means of demonstrating that by linking together, small programs can maintain their vitality in higher education. Using Interactive Television, the Internet, telephones, faxes, and other electronic media, five physics programs scattered across the state of Texas formed a distributed physics department. In addition to jointly offering lecture courses, the group (i) established procedures for operating as a unified entity, (ii) encouraged research regardless of location, (iii) provided a locus for professional camaraderie, (iv) created a distance-based advanced physics laboratory course, and (v) developed assessment tools for measuring success in a distance environment. Through these, the coalition demonstrated that a distributed department can carry out all of the functions associated with a traditional department.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Physics, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Science Education, College Science, Educational Cooperation, Evaluation Methods, Program Descriptions, Science Departments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas