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Distance Education: How Are We Doing, and How Do We Know? (SIG/ED)

Vicki Gregory, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida; Rae-Ann Montague, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; June Lester, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma; Moderator: Sam Hastings, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


Abstract

The directory of ALA-accredited master’s programs in library and information science indicates that almost half of the schools enable students to complete the degree either wholly or substantially online, and a similar (not necessarily overlapping) number offer courses in locations remote from the main campus. The IMLS-funded Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) consortium, dedicated to quality assurance, is gaining interest and new members. The question is no longer “should we do distance education”, but “how are we doing, and how can we do it better”. What does the data tell us about successes and failures? How have we undertaken to evaluate our distance education activities? Do we have comparative results? A group of panelists from institutions which have pioneered distance education in library and information science will address these issues.

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