Directory of Distance Learning Opportunities, K-12

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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Independent and Correspondence Study

470 Student Union

Stillwater, OK 74078-4061

Phone: (405) 744-6390 Fax: (405) 744-7793

E-mail: ics-inf@okstate.edu

Internet: http://www.okstate.edu/outreach/ics

Institution Description: Independent and Correspondence Study (I&CS) at Oklahoma State University provides opportunities to learners whose work, family responsibilities, physical isolation, or closed course sections may preclude participation in regularly scheduled class meetings. Oklahoma State University does not offer high school diplomas, but I&CS does offer specific courses that can be applied.

Official(s): James E. Halligan, Director, I&CS

Geographic Access: Worldwide

Delivery: Print-based

Grade Level: High School

Admission: A high school student who expects to use correspondence study credits to graduate from high school should confer with a high school principal or counselor concerning the proper courses to pursue. The high school principal must sign the student’s enrollment application form.

Any adult, 21 years or older, who does not expect to attend high school or apply for a high school diploma need not be concerned with consulting a high school principal, but can apply directly to the I&CS office and work independently of any local high school.

Tuition/Fees: $85 per course plus materials (including textbooks) cost which are included with the course description below. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Enrollment Period: Students may enroll for a course at any time of the year and have one year from registration date to complete a course. The official completion date is the day the student takes the final exam. If the student is unable to complete a course within the allotted time, a nonrefundable six-month extension may be granted upon payment of a $30 fee.

Equipment Requirements: All print-based courses require purchasing a printed I&CS course guide. Other materials that may be required for courses in any format may include textbooks, handbooks, workbooks, videocassette tapes, audiocassette tapes, CD-ROMs, materials packets, and lab kits. Students may submit assignments by e-mail. This will require that an e-mail account has been established with an Internet Service Provider at the student’s expense. There is a charge for e-mail submission of assignments that will be assessed when the student ini-tially enrolls in a course. If arrangements have been made in advance, the student my fax assignments to the I&CS office. There is a charge for this service. Normally, mail submission of assignments is without charge except for overseas airmail ($2 per assignment or exam results).

Credit and Grading: Letter grades are assigned. Credit is awarded in ½ units that are equal to one high school semester credit. To take exams at locations other than the Oklahoma State University main campus, the student must secure permission from the individual who will proctor the exam before request-ing the exam. Exams are sent to proctors only by mail. Approved supervisors as proctors may include a company education coordinator; a qualified person at another university or college such as a dean, registrar, testing center; a high school principal, superintendent, or counselor; full-time school or public librarian, embassy official, or hospital education director; country extension agent; military education officer; personnel/ human resource manager.

Library Services: Students in the vicinity of the main campus of Oklahoma State University have access to the campus library facilities. Students outside that area are urged to utilize the resources of local community college and city libraries.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

French

French 1A: First semester course that helps develop skills necessary to communicate in French in both oral and written form with emphasis on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation while studying cultural aspects of life in French-speaking countries. E-mail option for submitting assignments available. Materials cost: $37.50. unit)

French 1B: A continuation of French 1A. E-mail option for submitting assignments available. Materials cost: $37.50. unit)

Language Arts

The Short Story: Designed to help student understand the essential elements of a short story, including plot, characters, setting, point of view, theme, and style. E-mail option available for submitting assignments. Materials cost: $17.50. unit)

Mathematics

Trigonometry: A thorough introduction to the fundamentals of trigonometry. Materials cost: $28. unit)

Self-Discovery

Careers/Exploration Project: Self-Discovery: Designed for high school students to encourage honest self-appraisal by submitting perceptions and opinions to a Project Counselor who acts as an interested ‘listener.’ All such exercises are completely confidential. Counselor is qualified to evaluate and encourage students as they confront their future and grow in personal development. Materials cost: $15. unit)

Knowing Myself and Helping Others: Designed to help students understand themselves, use communication skills positively; learn basic leadership skills, and demonstrate ability to perform group-oriented tasks. Materials cost: $25. unit)


OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY - IMS

Improving Math and Science inMiddle Schools Project

213 Life Sciences East

Stillwater, OK 74078-3017

Phone: (405) 744-5647

E-mail: rmb@okstate.edu

Internet: http://extension.okstate.edu/k12.html

Institution Description: Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with middle schools, school districts, and the Oklahoma Department of Education, will design, develop, test, and share a series of interlinking learning modules to create and promote important elements of educational reform by providing web-based instructional lessons to middle school science and math teachers. There will be five modules including algebra, biology, physics, chemistry, and web development, with the science modules advocating and demonstrating an inquiry-based science pedagogy.

Some goals of the program include: using a wide range of technologies to service middle school teachers whose educational opportunities are limited because of geography, size or scarcity of human and/or financial resources; providing innovative, interactive, challenging high-quality content in math and science; making classroom learning more effective by providing web-based in-service teacher education programs that include significant, subject-specific pedagogical components in math and the sciences; and evaluating our efforts to improve teaching by using ongoing, rigorous assessment analyses and disseminating the results to teachers and colleagues throughout the world.

The Star Schools Program is one of the largest and most successful public and private partnerships for delivering distance education in the United States and around the world. Since 1988, the Star Schools grants have provided access to technology, telecommunications equipment, and instructional programs for more than ten million learners, and provided professional administrators in of thousands of schools across the United States and abroad. The Star Schools projects deliver distance education courses and services using many technologies including satellite delivery systems, open broadcasts, cable, and the Internet.

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