University of Montana Distance Learning Initiative
In June, 2000, Provost Kindrick awarded four grants for a total of $100,000 in Distance and Electronic Technology Development.� These grants were awarded to the School of Education, the School of Business Administration of The University of Montana - Missoula, and to Montana Tech of The University of Montana, and Western Montana College of The University of Montana.
The grant to the School of Education of The University of Montana - Missoula was to provide course work and support systems for supervising teachers.� The grant has largely attained its goals.� The project specifically sought to develop an on-line course dealing with issues of student teacher supervision.� The course has been developed and is being offered during the Spring, 2001, term.� The� principal investigator of the grant awaits the conclusion of the term to assess the success of the course.
The School of Business Administration of The University of Montana- Missoula sought to convert two 600-level Professional MBA courses to a mixed delivery system, with 5 nights, or fewer, of METNET delivery and the remainder of the instruction provided on the World Wide Web.� The project has been largely successful.� The two courses were selected, faculty were identified to develop the necessary course materials for Internet delivery.� Both courses (MBA 685 and MBA 660) are being offered during the Spring, 2001 term.
Montana Tech of The University of Montana proposed to develop several classes for Internet delivery.� These include Professional Ethics, and three courses within the Nursing program (Medical Terminology, Comprehensive Review, and Human Anatomy).� All four of the courses were successfully developed and will have been offered in the 2000 - 2001 academic year.
Western Montana College of The University of Montana sought funding to convert the high-enrollment course ED 360, Children�s Literature, into a web-based course.� The newly configured course was offer Fall, 2000, to 48 students.� The outcomes of that offering are currently be analyzed for further modification.