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ERIC Number: EJ903446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Bit by Bit: Innovating at the Periphery to Extend Harvard's Core
Laserna, Catalina; Leitner, Henry
Continuing Higher Education Review, v72 p163-183 Fall 2008
Faculty instructional time is a critical resource at all universities, but particularly in a major research institution like Harvard. Operating on the periphery of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard's division of Continuing Education is often at a disadvantage when attempting to recruit senior faculty. However, through its distance education program and its innovative use of technology, the Harvard University Extension School has been able to offer online some of the finest courses taught to the residential Harvard College students without making extraordinary demands on faculty. As a direct consequence the school is being repositioned from a peripheral role as Harvard's "evening school" for local area adults to one that is available 24/7 to a growing population of enthusiastic students around the world. as the program matures, it has gained visibility and high regard by a growing number of senior faculty and by the central administration. This paper describes how Harvard Extension School's distance education model has evolved over the past ten years using the innovation life cycle methodology, and illustrates how case studies inform the development of the program. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts