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FOCUS ON: Distance Education (Transcript)

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Sacramento State’s Distance Education program offers a variety of ways for students to take their classes at home, work or on the run. The program began about 20 years ago by televising classes on dedicated television and cable stations that reached various parts of Sacramento as well as outlying communities. Today the University offers courses in several formats. Students can still catch them on television, watch them live on the Internet, wait until a more convenient time and access the course’s archives on the web site, or check it out from the library.

(Narrator:) From the campus of Sacramento State this is Focus.

(Tom Kando, Criminal Justice Professor:) “From 1995 the rate of arrests…”

(Jim Finnerty, reporting:) Sacramento State Professor Tom Kando’s course on delinquency has some 160 students, and only forty show up in person for class. The rest take part in “Distance Education”: accessing Kando’s class online or via cable television.

(Tom Kando, Criminal Justice Professor:) “I think this is a good way to handle large volumes of students who are very pressed for time. You’ve got to be pragmatic.”

(Jean-Pierre Bayard, Distance Education Director) “We want education opportunities to be available in the evening outside the campus, through the internet, through cable television.”

(Finnerty:) Dr. Jean-Pierre Bayard directs the program offering dozens of courses, allowing students to balance outside jobs with college requirements. Diana Ganju and Professor John Cowan are also part of distance education. He oversees a web-based program called iMET -students earning a master’s degree in teaching.

(John Cowan, iMET Director:) “We’ve become a regional source for producing those educators that really know what to do with technology.”

(Finnerty:) After initial class work to start the semester, students and instructors interact via computer completing 75 percent of the work online.

(Diana Ganju, iMET Program:) “I like to work with people. I like to learn from people so I goet to do that at the same time.”

(Finnerty:) Joyce Dibble is a high school teacher who began as a student and today, like Diana Ganju, assists in the program.

(Joyce Dibble, iMET Program:) “I had wanted to earn a master’s degree for a long time. But I’m married and I have a small child and I thought how can I possibly do all that work.”

(Bayard:) “The student goes away with learning and wanting to come back because they have been served well.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty reporting.

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