Minutes of November 13, 2000
Members Present: Ron Bohlander (GTRI), Jason Fowler (Ugrad),
Nancey Green Leigh (Arch), Jack Marr (Psych), Jerry O’Brien (CoS),
Members Absent: Maureen Kilroy (GS&R), Carol Colatrella
(LCC), Bonnie Heck (ECE), Chris Martin (GStu), Mark Richards (GTRI), Gordon
Visitor: Joe Boland, Director, Center for Distance Learning
- Nancey Green Leigh, Chair,
called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m.
- Minutes for the October
meeting were approved.
- Jason Fowler, undergraduate
student representative, was welcomed as a new member of the committee.
- Joe Boland presented a
summary of the history and current status of distance learning at Georgia
Tech and answered questions presented by members of the committee. Some of
the information presented included:
- Distance Learning
allows students to earn degrees without the time and space restraints of
a campus environment.
- Seven classrooms on
campus have distance learning capabilities.
- Masters degrees in
Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Health Physics,
Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are offered.
- During academic year
2000, 33 degrees were awarded. Typically 50 degrees were awarded each
year prior to semester conversion and the program is expected to return
to that level.
- The $1590 enrollment
fee is slightly higher than the non-resident fee for on campus master’s
student. The employer typically pays fee for off campus student.
- Fifteen of twenty-two
courses are offered each year with an average enrollment of 10 students
- The typical cost of putting
a course on line is approximately $30,000. Approximately $88,000 is
available for this purpose each year.
- A modular approach
using one concept per session allows interactive presentation for on-line
users as well as convenient revision of course material,
- Problems with
presentation streaming over network connections, insufficient faculty
release time, effort required to develop on-line course materials and
lack of person-to-person contact are some of the difficulties
5. Dr. Robert McMath, Vice-Provost for
Undergraduate Studies and Academic Affairs, will be the visitor at the December
meeting of the ASC.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.
Jerry O'Brien, Secretary