NORASIST New Archives - September 1999

Program Recap

Distance Education: Challenges and Perspectives
Wednesday, September 22, 1999; 7-9pm; KSU and Ohiolink

This month's joint NORASIS COASIS Program, Distance Education: Challenges and Perspectives, gave program participants in Kent and Columbus a true sense of the promise and pitfalls involved with distance education and distributed learning technology.

The program panel at the Kent site included Acting Director of the KSU School of Library and Information Science, Rick Rubin, and Margarete Epstein, Technology Assistant at the Ohio Literacy Resource Center. Panel members at the Ohiolink site were Steve Acker, Acting Director, Technology Enhanced Learning & Research at OSU, Anne Abate of Nova Southeastern University, and president, Kevin May.

The topics of the discussion were: the characteristics of successful distance education, common mistakes and how to avoid them, valuable resources, and the future of distance education.

Kevin May initiated the discussion by describing Columbus State's successful distance ed. program and stressing the importance of institutional support, consistency, and designing the program around the school's identity and students' needs. Rick Rubin's presentation was interrupted by an unexpected technical difficulty which severed transmission between the Kent and Columbus sites, giving attendees a hands-on appreciation for distance education's challenges. Dr. Rubin made the most of the situation by explaining the importance of technical support and a backup plan, and stressed the need to address teacher-student and student-student interaction in a distributed learning program.

Margarete Epstein described the current state of distributed learning in adult education, and program participants shared their thoughts and experiences.


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