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WSU to Host Distance Ed Video Conference

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will be at center stage April 13 when it hosts and produces a national video conference, IDEAL2, on the current trends in distance learning.

WSU is producing the video conference in cooperation with the American Distance Education Consortium. WSU President Sam Smith is among the guests.

Scott Fedale, chair of the WSU information department, and Janet Poley, ADEC president, University of Nebraska, are executive producers. Fedale also will host the show, which will originate in Room T-101 in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building from 10-11:30 a.m.

ADEC promotes distance education programs that originate in land-grant universities. IDEAL2 grew out of an earlier process called IDEAL1, which covered tools that can be used to assess institutional readiness and determine quality in distance education efforts.

The IDEAL1 report identified five priority themes, which will be the focus for the April 13 program. They are:

  • Academic credit transfer
  • Tuition and financial issues
  • Elimination of turf barriers that prevent increased programming and collaboration
  • Quality assurance
  • Institutional readiness.

Joining Smith as featured guests will be Brian Hawkins, president of Educause; Carol Twigg, director of the Pew Learning and Technology Program Center for Academic Transformation, and Barry Willis, director of engineering outreach, University of Idaho.

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