Fostering Collaboration for Distance Education Development
Margaret Gunderson, University of Missouri, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-50-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
The current climate of budget constraints, which includes the breadth of resources needed for distance education development, has affected the emphasis on collaboration placed by grants, institutions, and other funding agencies. However, bringing about successful collaboration often is not easy, especially for administrators and faculty who are unfamiliar with the process. For some collaboration is an innovation. Thus the success of a complex collaborative process often depends upon a project facilitator who acts as a change agent. This paper reflects experiences in collaboration procedures for distance education development that have resulted in a matrix of considerations to use as a guide. Three broad categories make up the matrix: administrative and program decisions, course development considerations, and logistical factors. Questions within each category serve as a path for communication and negotiation. Negotiating and sharing decision-making and resources leads to a greater sharing of ownership, vision, and risk.
Gunderson, M. (2003). Fostering Collaboration for Distance Education Development. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2003--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 80-83). Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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