AT THE UNIVERSITY
This site has been developed to report on distance education at the University of Oregon and to provide a summary of resources...blahm blah. For more information, or to contribute to this site, contact Sandra Gladney, Distance Education Program Coordinator: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
What is "Distance Education"?With the proliferation of various technologies and the corresponding
instructional design adaptations, it isn't so clear what is meant by Distance Education, or Distributed Learning. This section provides some definition and context.
The IssuesMany individuals support the concept of distance education, but there are many implementation and policy issues to explore. Included here are:
From the TrenchesThe Continuation Center offices receive an average of 10-15 inquiries a week regarding distance education offerings. The subject area and delivery method being requested varies greatly, yet some patterns do emerge:
Students who have accrued a large number of credits at UO but did not graduate and after an absence do want to complete an undergraduate degree.
"I was a student at the University of Oregon until spring of 1990. For employment reasons I stopped my education there just 5 credits short of graduation, and since I live and work in Japan I haven't had much opportunity to finish my degree. However; recently I have been looking into some of the distance learning courses that are being offered this spring, and it appears I could finally finish those last 5 credits. I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me in regard to the enrollment procedure for returning students to take online courses."Students who need professional courses in specific subject areas for ongoing credential requirements.
"I am writing to you in search of a graduate level correspondence course to be taken between the present time and Spring of 2000. I live on a remote island in Alaska and am unable to be on site for my education. I hold a Type A Alaska Teaching Certificate and need to take 3 graduate level credits to renew it. I began a Music Minor years ago and have an interest in continuing that. I was hoping that the University of Oregon's School of Music would have Music History offered as a distance course. Please contact me at the above address if any of these needs could be met. If this isn't a possibility or if graduate level classes are not offered please let me know."Students who are full-time, admitted, residential students who have to physically be away from Eugene due to internship, job, family demands, etc.
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