e-Learning Soars in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS–The Indiana College Network (ICN), Indiana’s version of a virtual university, has increased enrollments by more than 65 percent to 34,000 for the 2000 academic year. This adds up to a 170 percent increase over the last two years.
ICN is a service of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS), a consortium of higher education institutions in Indiana that includes the seven public colleges and universities as well as 31 independent colleges and universities.
“Learners consistently tell us they appreciate the flexibility and convenience of electronic learning to fit their busy lives,” reports Susan Scott, IHETS’ director for ICN. “At this point, 72 percent of course enrollments are online–nearly 25,000. Early reports for the fall semester point to yet another 40 percent jump this coming year.”
In addition to the Internet, courses are also delivered via satellite television, videotape, two-way interactive videoconferencing, CD-ROM, cable/public television and correspondence.
Working together through the IHETS, member institutions provide convenient access to education for Indiana residents no matter where they live or work. Through ICN, a gateway to information on distance learning opportunities from Indiana colleges and universities, learners can get information about courses and programs offered at a distance as well as support services, including assistance with registration, advising and online tutoring.
ICN currently offers more than 1,600 distance courses and 70 degree and certificate programs at a distance. The ICN Web site is available at www.icn.org .
“Growth in distance enrollments was up significant for nearly all ICN member institutions,” said Dave King, executive director at IHETS, “especially for Ivy Tech State College which saw an increase of 175 percent and Indiana State University which saw an increase of 50 percent. This increase in enrollments comes almost entirely from growth in Internet courses.”
IHETS members include Ball State University, Independent Colleges of Indiana, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Ivy Tech State College, Purdue University, University of Southern Indiana, and Vincennes University.
Carol J. Brunty
Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS)
714 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202