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Report 91-7: State Policy on Technology for Distance Learning: Recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor in Response to Senate Bill 1202 (Chapter 1038, Statutes of 1989)

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 1991

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Through senate Bill 1202 (Hart; Chapter 1038, Statutes of 1989), the California Legislature directed the California Postsecondary Education Commission to develop a State policy statement on the use of distance learning technology in education, with the statement "to be considered and, if appropriate, adopted by the Legislature." The Legislature also specified that, in developing the statement, the Commission should "address issues of funding and management of intersegmental distance learning efforts, course credit transfer, qualifications and credentialing of instructors and onsite personnel, ensuring course quality, and other policy issues associated with distance education, as well as compile research on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of distance instruction at various levels of education.

In this report, the Commission responds to that legislative charge. On page 1-12, it reviews the potential of distance learning technology in meeting the State's education needs, summarizes the conclusions of the literature assessing the effectiveness of distance learning, and identifies the barriers to expanded use of this technology. On page 13-15, the Commission then propose both a State policy and the steps needed to implement it.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on April 28, 1991, on recommendation of its Policy Development Committee.

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