DISTANCE EDUCATION SYSYTEM
The distance education system currently makes use of the newest high-speed network video technology (Internet, dedicated line and ISDN) to provide learners with an environment which doesn’t require face-to-face meeting with a teacher but still allows for interactive learning. Using the newest telecommunication and information technology, this system provides the interactive mode distance education has long been missing, also allowing for the incorporation of multimedia materials in these courses.
From our foundational junior college resources, moving along the trend in university education, Ming Chuan is on the road to being a channel for lifelong education. Employing all the resources of our locations, we joined the 1997 higher education distance program as a course provider and recipient. In addition to building up inter-institutional exchange, this has also built up our practical experience in broadcasting and allowed us to offer more inter-campus courses, as well. Beyond regular classes, teachers and students appreciate using the system to connect people on the two campuses for discussions, shared special programs and activities. We also enjoy benefits from connecting with teachers and programs in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc for distance learning activities.
A new teaching platform was developed in 2004, using the network to provide instant communication, combining the strengths of asynchronous and synchronous distance education. Synchronous classes can be offered through the Internet, greatly reducing the equipment and facilities requirements for distance education. The simultaneous taping of the course and the included editing function allows teachers to offer the same course asynchronously to students with time constraints. The interactive function allows the teacher to identify each student’s status, improving mutual communication and learning effectiveness.