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ERIC Number: EJ974502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Online Teaching: Navigating Its Advantages, Disadvantages and Best Practices
Al-Asfour, Ahmed
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v23 n3 Spr 2012
Many tribal colleges are already offering distance learning. With increased Internet use, it's likely that even more will offer online courses to their tribal members in order to reach a larger student pool. Online education can reach students who care for their immediate and extended families and who have to work. It is also appealing to students who want to receive an education that is centered around their schedule, not vice versa. Located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Oglala Lakota College (OLC) serves one of the largest reservations in the United States. Despite the reservation's large geographic size, the college is committed to delivering education to every single tribal member. To meet this challenge, OLC has a college center in each district on the reservation and an extension center in Rapid City, South Dakota. For several years, OLC has also offered online classes via the Internet for high school students in the 11th and 12th grades. In 2010, the college even started a virtual campus and appointed a distance program coordinator. This transformed the view of education on the reservation and has made OLC a pioneer in e-learning. As Oglala Lakota College instructor, the author describes the advantages, disadvantages, and best practices for online teaching at tribal colleges.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota