Re: Support of distance education courses

Judy Jones (
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 10:10:34 -0800 (PST)

We offer about 25 DE courses each semester. They are primarily
beamed over commercial cable and to designated junior colleges
in the approx. 60-mile radius. (Students on campus may enroll
also.) Only one class was able to get permission to dub required
videos and none were given permission to distribute over cable the
required videos. With the exception of this one course, all students
must come to our Library Media Center here at CSUS (Sacramento). We
don't route out videos out of the department. We have been given
enough money to purchase a duplicate copy of heavily used titles
since there are often up to 80 students registered for a DE course.
One Anthro instructor was able to get the distributors/producers of
all her required videos to (for a fee) make copies and sell at cost
to enrolled students. I believe that materials fee is around $25.

Obtaining permission to transmit video/film materials over the
airwaves is nearly impossible and I don't think the copyright gurus
are making much progress toward solving this problem.

Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 08:00:31 -0800 (PST) Reply-to: From: Sue Parks
<> To: Multiple recipients of list
<> Subject: Support of distance
education courses

I am a new media librarian and am new to the list. I am interested in
finding out how libraries are supporting distance education courses
that use traditional media materials.

We recently had our first experience supporting a web course.
Fortunately, all students resided in the state and all had access to
institutions that participate in our TExpress courier service. We were
able to route the videos from one library to the next using an
extremely tight schedule we had created based on the instructor's
syllabus and time line. This process was problematic in that in order
for students to have adequate viewing time, each library had to adhere
strictly to the routing schedule. We don't know how we'll support
students who don't have access to facilities and equipment.

How are you supporting these types of courses? What is it costing?

Any information would be most helpful.

Sue Parks
Asst. Media Librarian
University of North Texas