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Technology and Graduate Education: Applications in a Masters and Doctoral Program


International Conference in Distance Education,


Almost half of the students at Nova Southeastern University (Florida) are enrolled in field-based programs taught through distance education. Technology of one kind or another has been the backbone for delivering masters and doctoral level education for students at a distance from the Fischler Center for the Advancement of Education at Nova Southeastern University since its inception in 1964. Two programs that rely heavily on technological delivery are the Graduate Teacher Education Program leading to a Master of Science degree and the Child and Youth Studies program leading to a Doctor of Education degree. Facilitated classes using a combination of audio teleconferencing discussions, individual phone calls, and a local facilitator are a recent approach for the master's program. The computer-assisted format of the doctoral program uses a combination of national cluster sessions twice a year with electronically delivered interaction through various means in the intervals. A survey of 25 students in two clusters suggested that e-mail was the most popular student communication choice. Student satisfaction with delivery systems was generally high, even though many had entered the program with minimal or no computer experience. An appendix presents the student survey. (Contains four tables and seven references.) (SLD)


Hesser, L.A. & Kontos, G. (1995). Technology and Graduate Education: Applications in a Masters and Doctoral Program. Presented at International Conference in Distance Education 1995. Retrieved June 16, 2019 from .

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