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UCM Joins Nationwide Celebration of Distance Learning Week

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov.10, 2009) – UCM joins the nationwide celebration of National Distance Learning Week with a week-long schedule of events.

UCM President Aaron Podolefsky kicked off the event with the signing of a proclamation designating Nov. 9-13 as Distance Learning Week on the UCM campus. The proclamation recognizes the importance of distance learning in the fulfillment of UCM’s mission while building on the university’s history as a leader in the use of technologies to deliver education beyond the university’s campus.

Distance Learning Week Proclamation
UCM President Aaron Podolefsky, seated, signed a proclamation designating Nov. 9-13 as Distance Learning Week on the UCM campus. Joining Podolefsky for the signing ceremony were, left to right, Barbara Carder, assistant director for distance learning; Russell Helm, chief information officer; Mike Jeffries, director of CentralNET; and Donald Peterson, director of broadcast services.

Making Education Available to Thousands

“Distance learning has given enhanced opportunities for hundreds, if not thousands, of students who may not have had the opportunities to take university level coursework,” Podolefsky said. “I’m proud of our distance learning program as it strives to maintain quality through cooperative efforts while making a significant contribution to UCM’s goal of offering a world-class education.”

“Distance learning works at UCM due to the efforts of the many offices on campus that come together to meet the needs of our diverse student population and to support our faculty,” said Barbara Carder, assistant director for distance learning at UCM. “I hope everyone will take a few minutes to visit the Distance Learning Week web site to fully appreciate what distance learning means at UCM.”

A Collaborative Effort

UCM joins campuses across the nation in the celebration that has been designated by the United States Distance Learning Association and the Missouri Distance Learning Association. The UCM celebration is coordinated by faculty and staff from the School of Graduate and Extended Studies, the Office of Information Technology and Instruction, and UCM Broadcasting Services.

A full week of events for UCM faculty and staff is planned. Daily webinars and discussions will focus on a variety of topics centered on UCM’s longstanding commitment to excellence in the delivery of learning through online courses, interactive television and dual-credit courses for college-bound high school students.

Program Continues to Grow

UCM entered the modern era of distance learning with interactive television in1993, moving from connections over telephone lines to the current high-definition internet connections. Internet course were added with the implementation of an online course management system and courses were offered to students in 1998.

Dual credit courses were first offered to high school students in 1985. More than 80 college-level courses now are available in more than 50 Missouri high schools, with delivery available through face-to-face instruction, interactive television or online courses. Classes are taught by UCM faculty or high school faculty with the credentials for teaching college level courses using the same curriculum and textbooks used in the on-campus courses. UCM offers 10 degree programs through online instruction

UCM also is a member of KCREACHE, an alliance between KCPT and seven of the region’s best colleges and universities. Together they work to provide awareness of and access to distance education opportunities in the Kansas City area and to provide distance learners with easily accessible student services. Students can search for online courses available on member campuses and take advantage of shared resources.

For More Information

Learn more about UCM’s distance learning programs by calling the UCM Office of Extended Studies at 660-543-8480.