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Distance Education at HCCS. A system-wide service of HCCS. Offers many courses using a variety of technologies. A cost-effective alternative/complement to traditional classroom education. A rapidly growing field at HCCS. Types of Distance Education. Synchronous:

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distance education at hccs
Distance Education at HCCS
  • A system-wide service of HCCS.
  • Offers many courses using a variety of technologies.
  • A cost-effective alternative/complement to traditional classroom education.
  • A rapidly growing field at HCCS.
types of distance education
Types of Distance Education
  • Synchronous:

“Same time, different place”

(e.g., live videoconferencing, live television

broadcast, live desktop video, chat rooms,

audioconferencing)

  • Asynchronous:

“Different time, different place”

(e.g., most web-based courses, videotape,

threaded discussion groups, “streamed”

audio/video from stored files)

distance education at hccs1
Distance Education at HCCS
  • Nearly 300 web-based courses offered each year. We expect that number to increase by 50% in the next 18-24 months.
  • Approximately 200 courses in videotape, print, TV broadcast, & videoconferencing per year.
  • Approximately 11-12,000 distance education students this academic year.
some keys to success
Some keys to success . . .
  • Use available technologies for a justified reason, not because they are simply available.
  • Academics/content are the keys; technology is the distribution medium. Technology should influence pedagogical approaches when benefit to learning/access is provided.
primary technologies used
Primary Technologies Used
  • Internet (Web) Based
  • Videotape
  • Satellite television
  • Videoconferencing
  • Broadcast/cable TV
  • Print
  • Fax, phone, email
  • others
some summary points
Some Summary Points:
  • Over 11,000 students per year. Top 10-20% in U.S. in terms of size/enrollment.
  • COURSE DEVELOPMENT
    • 2.5 years ago - several modem courses.
    • Now, 100+ internet courses/semester and growing.
  • NEW COURSE FEATURES. HCC now providing online orientations, audio/video streaming, online quizzes/testing, videoconferencing courses.
summary points cont
Summary points (cont.):
  • Alliances with state, national, and international distance education entities.
  • Acclaimed faculty bring HCCS a strong state, national, and international reputation.
  • Alliance with I.C. for faculty training and technical support, complementing a strong, growing infrastructure.
  • Still room for improvement and future development.
for the future
For the future:
  • More faculty teaching distance education.
  • Provide full degree and certificate programs via distance education.
  • WebCT - selected as application of choice for web course development.
  • True system-wide service. Draw from entire HCCS.
  • A comprehensive marketing effort.
  • Carefully planned technology choices & investments.
  • More...
contact information
Contact Information

Stephen Levey

Executive Director of Distance Education

Houston Community College System

Houston, TX

levey_s@hccs.cc.tx.us

713-718-5261