Bay Mills Creating Virtual College

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News

Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) has created a virtual college design based upon an Asynchronous Learning Environment (ALE) model first suggested by the Sloan Center for Asynchronous Learning at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The Bay Mills virtual college, Nishnaabek Kinoomaadewin or Indian teacher, initially was housed at a temporary working address, 199.178.28.2

Courses have included a 2-credit course, Learning on the Internet, taught online by Tom Davis and two, 3-credit courses, Learning on the Internet and Organizational Decision-Making. By summer the college expects to have an entire child development associate certificate program online, according to BMCC President Martha McLeod. By fall, virtual college students will be able to earn an entire associate degree without a campus residency.

The BMCC site features online admissions, financial aid, and registration areas. It also includes a number of different technologies designed to appeal to different learning styles. These technologies, technically called educational environments, include the CouncilFire Chat Environment and the CouncilFire Discussion Board. The technical staff at BMCC is currently working on an Internet telephone conferencing capability that will allow up to 70 students to be online talking at the same time.

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