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Title: Distance Education at Syracuse University

Distance Education at Syracuse Universitys
School of Information Studies
  • Scott Nicholson, Ph.D., MLIS,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Syracuse University
  • School of Information Studies

  • Overview of DE at Syracuse
  • The Limited Residency Model
  • Blending Distance and Campus
  • Passing on the Traditions
  • Moving into the Future

A Brief Overview
  • Started in 1993 as an MLS program
  • 37 students via residency and e-mail
  • Expanded to include Masters in Information
    Management (1996) and Masters in
    Telecommunications (1998)
  • Current sizes
  • 60 of LIS
  • 20 of IRM Telecom
  • Model of thirds

Residency and Pedagogy
  • Residencies used when pedagogically appropriate
  • Pedagogy Teaching assisting students through
    interaction and activity in the ongoing academic
    and social events of the classroom. (Center for
    Research on Education, Diversity Excellence,
  • We examine course content to determine residency

Importance of Residencies
  • Small amounts of in-person contact are important
    for community
  • Builds Syracuse identity
  • Creates school-wide community
  • Reduces fear
  • Some course-based activities are better presented
    in person
  • Orientation, Introduction
  • Development of initial groups and classroom
  • Examination and use of physical items
  • Person skills (interview)
  • Residency experience are resource-intensive
  • Difficulty Balancing Resources with Pedagogical

Limited Residency Model
  • Starts with 2-day Information and Information
    Environments course
  • Taught by Dean and Program Directors
  • All programs brought together
  • Moves into 5-day separate introductory gateway
  • Certain classes, when pedagogically appropriate,
    have 2-day residencies
  • Originally allowed faculty to determine
  • Currently is standardized by course content
  • Role of Summer Institute on Leadership and Change

Non-Residency Experiences
  • Asynchronous experiences
  • Course delivery through WebCT
  • Communication portal
  • Static delivery through text
  • Lectures, Readings
  • Multimedia experiences
  • Impatica
  • Recorded video (prepared or from live)
  • Interactive experiences
  • Synchronous activities
  • Chat, IM, telephone
  • Special presentations
  • Activities at special occasions
  • Student Evaluations

Building a Community Scaffold (Woods and
Eberole, 2003)
  • Technologies and techniques upon which social
    communication and community building can occur
  • Implemented as infrastructure cuts across
    courses and connects students, alumni, and
  • Relieves pressure on faculty, who can focus on
    course content

Community Scaffold Components
  • Series of Discussion Lists
  • Formal list for programs
  • Informal list for students
  • WebCT communities
  • Syllabi and other non-course specific information
  • Online Advising and Student Services
  • Virtual ALA student group
  • Alumni resources
  • Develop and maintain community beyond school
  • Importance of Community
  • Requires administrative and staff support

Blending Distance and Campus
  • Community Scaffold allows campus courses to take
    advantage of communication technologies
  • Discussion boards
  • Course delivery
  • Group work support
  • Scaffold allows campus/distance collaborations
  • Shared course experiences
  • Robust groups
  • Raised awareness of SU culture

Passing on the Tradition
  • Training new faculty and adjuncts
  • WebCT course
  • Includes facilitators, experienced instructors,
    and new instructors
  • Uses combination of material, discussion and
    field trips
  • Develops a cohort and mentor relationships
  • Evaluations of new faculty and training
  • Result New local and distance faculty know what
    to expect, who to contact, and feel part of the
    IST community
  • Continued training and communication
  • PhD student teaching practica

Exploration and Entrepreneurship
  • Support and encouragement given to new ideas for
    DE delivery
  • New ideas are evaluated and implemented
  • Results presented to DE committee and faculty
  • Culture supports exploration and good ideas are
    rapidly implemented

A Culture of DE Research
  • Faculty continue to produce published research on
  • Effectiveness of DE model (repeated)
  • Virtual Hallway through IM
  • Emergent Leaders in Group Work
  • Community Scaffolding
  • Use of Narrative in DE Pedagogy
  • Global Collaborative Learning Platforms
  • Socio-technical factors
  • Developed and developing countries

Moving into the Future
  • Extending our curriculum and sharing our
    expertise through the WISE program
  • Continuous review of residencies and pedagogical
  • Attempting to operationalize for analysis
  • Further development and integration of community
  • Evaluating effectiveness of methods and tools
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