I received the following request for info from Sharon Parker at Broward Community College. She has promised to compile all of the responses she receives from you and share them with ITC members (so please let her know if you wish to remain anonymous when you respond to her!). She says that she welcomes responses from all schools, especially those which have recently addressed this topic for an accrediting agency visit. Thank you!! Chris.The SACS Distance Education Policy Statement says that distance learning admissions and recruitment decisions should take into account the capability of students to succeed in distance learning programs. Many factors could impact a student’s ability to succeed (locus of control, technological skills, learning style preference, motivation, etc.).
1) How do you address or “take into account a student’s ability to succeed in distance learning as part of the admission/recruitment decision-making process”? Do you use some sort of assessment instrument or advising process?
2) Does the process/instrument you use screen or block students from taking a distance learning course in certain situations, or does it simply provide feedback to help students make informed decisions about their readiness for distance learning?
3) How do you prepare distance learning students to succeed before they enroll in a distance learning course?
Thanks in advance for your help. Have a terrific holiday!
Sharon K. Parker, Director, Flexible Learning
Broward Community College
3501 SW Davie Rd. (17/226), Davie, FL 33314
954-201-6567 (voice), 954-201-6398 (fax)
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