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Get Ready to Write a Distance Learning Plan. Paula Ascher Distance Learning and Instructional Technology Coordinator Columbia Gorge Community College. Columbia Gorge Community College Location.
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Get Ready to Write a Distance Learning Plan Paula Ascher Distance Learning and Instructional Technology Coordinator Columbia Gorge Community College
Columbia Gorge Community College Location • Primarily serves students in the region where the Columbia River has formed a deep gorge through the Cascade Mountains and serves as a border between the states of Washington and Oregon • Located in the only federally designated national scenic area in the United States
Columbia GorgeCommunity College Students • In 2004-2005, there were 425 full time students • Unduplicated headcount of 5375 • Students 86.4% Caucasion, 11.5% Hispanic • 18.6 % from Washington state
Results of 2005-2006 CGCC Distance Learning Plan (so far) • 58% increase in the number of developed online classes • Implemented Quality Matters standards for online classes • Standardized instructor contracts, development timelines, and training procedures • Doubled online curriculum development budget
Resources • CGCCtek – a blog and podcast about instructional technology http://cgcctek.blogspot.com • National Center for Technology Planning http://www.nctp.com/html/plan_higher_ed.cfm • ITC Distance Education Reports and Abstracts http://www.itcnetwork.org/reports.htm
Guidebook for Developing an Effective Instructional Technology Plan • Created by graduate students at the University of Mississippi based on a review of technology plans from around the country. • http://www2.msstate.edu/~lsa1/nctp/Guidebook.pdf
Quotes from the Guidebook • “The purpose of technology planning is not just to produce a document, but to produce continuous action that creates and maintains a technology-rich educational environment.” • “The plan (noun) is a clear, written description of the plan (verb) that is put into action by members of the community.”
Two words • Process • Product
Some questions to consider • Who is your audience? • Who are the decision makers who will read the plan? • What will you describe in your distance education plan? • What issues will need to be addressed for the decision makers? • Why is this plan needed? • Why will it make a difference?
More questions • When does the first draft of the plan need to be finished? • When will you present it to your constituent groups? • Where will the plan be published? • Where will it be distributed? • How will you get constructive feedback in the draft phase? • How will you find the time to write the plan?
Philosophy of Mindmaps • p95 • “Start from any idea whatever, and the entire range of your ideas is potentially at your disposal…The entire potential content of one’s consciousness is accessible from any one of its points.” - 19th century psychologist William James
A few “helpful hints” • Don’t inhibit yourself with criticism. • Start anywhere in the chain of associations created by your brain. • Feel free to draw images on the left side. • Use three colors.
Final thought • "The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community." - William James