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1 Distance Education @ SOLINET Computers in Libraries 2005 Presenter: Max Anderson manderson@solinet.net Educational Services Librarian, SOLINET

2 Why offer Distance Education? Cancellation rate rose Remote areas not being served Members started asking for DE

3 Goals Reduce the cancellation rate Reach more members Make classes available in different formats Reduce travel schedules for instructors Reduce travel for members ($$)

4 Personal Trainer One hour phone calls – voice only 1 hr/day for five days per student Model that failed

5 Toolbook Time consuming to work with End result was not satisfactory Almost never cancels Asynchronous Difficult to update

6 Types of classes offered via Toolbook @ SOLINET HTML: The Basics HTML: Beyond the Basics More Bang for Your OCLC Buck Union Listing Fundamentals Introduction to the Authority File

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9 Centra 7 Easier to work with End result satisfactory Cancels occasionally Synchronous Easier to update

10 Types of classes offered via Centra @ SOLINET Developing a Disaster Plan RFID in the Library OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics Introduction to Filtering Caring for Scrapbooks Current offerings: 22 Future offerings Plan to convert more of face-to-face to DE

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12 Workflow Issues Technology does not mean less people Administrative issues Institution needs to be committed to fully supporting DE program Staffing Space Technology

13 Technical Issues Hiccups Students having trouble logging in Students not able to download plug-in Students losing Internet connection Microphones not working Bandwidth issues

14 Outcomes Reaching people we could not reach before Students less apprehensive to taking a DE class than expected Classes available to anyone in the world Students learn new skills Instructors learn how to teach in a new environment Survey results tell an interesting story

15 Instructional Needs Survey Sent out to approximately 2500 members (electronically) Return of 1111 surveys (800 within one week!) Preference in receiving course material: Electronically prior to class (64%) Hardcopy during class (35%) Would you take a web-based course? Yes (83%) No (16%)

16 Future Directions Adding more courses Modifying face-to-face courses to DE platform Changing DE platforms Getting the word out Stronger internal workflow

17 Q&A

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