Committee on Electronically Mediated Instruction
The Charge to the Committee
In April 1999
Provost William Simmons of Brown University appointed a committee to
explore distance learning and its possible relevance for
Brown. The Provost articulated three questions to guide our deliberations:
- In what ways, if any, could distance learning make a positive
contribution to Brown's primary educational mission as a residential
- How could it be utilized effectively to strengthen alumni solidarity?
- Could it contribute a new revenue stream that would justify its
development at Brown?
Members of the Committee
The committee consisted of Professors
Christopher Amirault, William
Crossgrove (co-chair), Jimmie Doll, Andrew Foster,
Heywood, and John Savage
(co-chair). Our email addresses are FirstName_LastName@brown.edu. (A note on the committee and its precursor.)
What is Distance Learning?
Distance Learning, a much discussed form of EMI,
refers to learning that occurs at least partially outside of the traditional
classroom. A particularly relevant definition of distance learning is "any
electronically mediated formal learning program wherein the students and
faculty are separated by distance, time, or both." (Report to the Provost:
Distance Learning at Cornell University, May 28, 1998.) Distance Education at a
Glance is a good first source to consult on this subject.
The Committee's Final Report
The final report of the committee is now
available. Please send comments and suggestions to the committee co-chairs
Crossgrove and John Savage.
Reports of Meetings
Valuable Sources of Information on Distance Learning
Please send comments on this web page to John Savage
Last modified: Thu Feb 15 17:49:43 EST 2001