North Dakota Colleges Build Web Courses

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News

The North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation is developing courses and programs using its Interactive Video Network (IVN) and the Internet. The IVN component has been used in North Dakota for a number of years, primarily to share courses at the two-year level. The Internet is a newer addition. It uses a program called Web Course in a Box (WCB) to put either entire courses or enrichment activities for campus courses on the World Wide Web. Twenty-five faculty members, student services personnel, and administrators attended a working conference in Bismarck Nov. 5-6 to think more about using distance techniques, especially the Internet, in their teaching and to learn to operate the Web Course in a Box program. The conference also introduced online student services, such as advisement, tutoring, and registration. The North Dakota association is working with the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) in Boulder, Colo., for assistance in providing student services online.

Beginning with second semester, 1998-99, selected students from each campus are taking a pilot course. The course and the methods used for delivery will be evaluated. Future plans call for offering both four-year programs and graduate programs from other institutions using the North Dakota Association’s “pipeline”. Member colleges believe that distance methods can be an important adjunct to campus-based classes and programs, allowing the talent available at each campus to benefit all the other campuses. “The methods that we develop and the administration of one central network for six colleges will create a model that can be used throughout AIHEC,” said Jack Barden, associate director for higher education program development of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges.

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