When she was the Dean of the TV and Distance Learning classes, Pam Lattimore gave me my first chance to teach a class, so I will always have a soft spot for what we now call the Center for Distance Learning (CDL). I know there are a lot of good people over there who work hard to provide affordable, quality (distance) education. I also know they’d be hurt by a decision like the one the Texas Universities made last week, but heavens to Betsy, I do believe that if I had the chance to do it, I’d vote for us to do exactly what Texas did with their distance learning shop.
Check this out. The University of Texas system apparently decided to close down its central office for distance learning. From the article:
“The decision has been made to cease the operation of the UT system administration TeleCampus, yes. And the reason for that primarily is because the sophistication of distance-education courses at the various UT institutions has really matured and grown over the last 12 years since the TeleCampus was created.”
He added, “Their mission is completed and has been successful. … There’s no need for the current structure of the TeleCampus and what it currently offers with regard to services to the campuses.”
Boy howdy, wouldn’t that make sense for us, too?