FHSU's IPTV delivery system expands to Salina classrooms

Fort Hays State University, a national trailblazer in the delivery of college courses and degrees using modern communications technology, expanded its Internet Protocol Television system into Salina for the current semester, which began Jan. 12.

FHSU officials joined with representatives of Smoky Hill/Central Kansas Education Development Center today at a news conference to announce the partnership that gives Salina-area residents greater access to higher education. They demonstrated the technology by visiting with Dr. Ed Mills, dean of FHSU's College of Education and Technology, through a live feed from a classroom on the Hays campus.

FHSU launched the IPTV system three years ago in classrooms at six community colleges. Dr. Edward H. Hammond, university president, visited the six campuses in December 2001 to announce the partnerships that would greatly improve access to education for citizens in western Kansas.

Cloud County Community College in Concordia later joined the network with the six original partners -- Great Bend, Pratt, Dodge City, Garden City, Liberal and Colby -- and now the new strategic partnership with Smoky Hill has expanded course delivery into Salina. Smoky Hill is providing two classrooms in the former Franklin Elementary School, 830 S. Ninth, which has been renovated into the Smoky Hill Learning Center.

Courses can originate at FHSU or at any of the eight satellite locations and can be delivered to some or all of the other sites. The network has cameras and microphones at the location of the instructor and in the distant classrooms. The instructor and the students can see and talk to each other. From his or her remote location, the instructor can operate the camera in the classroom to scan toward students and zoom in for a closer view.

" The Kansas Board of Regents gave FHSU the unique mission of incorporating technology into the curriculum so that more Kansans can have access to higher education," President Hammond said during the news conference. "The IPTV network has allowed us to deliver on that charge from the Regents, to the benefit of citizens in this part of the state."

He said the network was a classic example of "win-win" partnerships. "This really is a state-of-the-art, interactive-television network," he said. "The real winners are the people of western and central Kansas. The network is operational 24 hours a day and classes can be offered whenever the IPTV classrooms are available at FHSU and at the satellite locations. Even without any advance publicity to generate enrollment, we already have 25 students in the six courses that are being offered this semester in Salina. That includes five nursing students who originally thought they would have to drive to Hays throughout the semester but now can attend the classes right here in Salina."

The initial course offerings at the Salina site include master-level classes in education and nursing.

" Federal dollars played a key role in our ability to launch the IPTV network originally, and again in this expansion into Salina," Dr. Hammond said. "I want to thank Congressman Jerry Moran for his help in securing these federal resources. We also thank Executive Director Dr. Rita Cook and her staff at Smoky Hill for providing these classrooms and working in other ways to make this partnership possible. Finally, I want to express my appreciation to President and CEO Randy Peterson and the Salina Regional Health Center for their assistance with the FHSU nursing program."

U.S. Rep. Moran helped FHSU receive $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education through an appropriation bill that was signed into law on Dec. 21, 2000, and then helped again by securing an additional $250,000 in fall 2004.

" The development of this program is another example of how rural areas can benefit from new technology," Congressman Moran said at the news conference. "I appreciate Dr. Hammond's leadership in utilizing these federal investments to give students in western and central Kansas better access to new technology and to give them the opportunity to have a better education."

" Smoky Hill Education Service Center is excited to partner with Fort Hays State University to offer evening distance learning courses to area residents," said Dr. Rita Cook, executive director of the Smoky Hill Education Service Center. "Additionally, this venture will make it possible for Smoky Hill Learning Center to offer day-time classes for students and teachers through a distance learning network. These kinds of strategic alliances benefit everyone. We appreciate Fort Hays State University's willingness to make projects like this happen."

Students in the Salina area who wish to enroll in FHSU courses that are delivered to the classrooms at the Smoky Hill Learning Center should contact the FHSU Virtual College at www.fhsu.edu/virtualcollege or call toll free at (800) 628-FHSU and ask for the Virtual College.

" The Salina site takes advantage of the cost savings created by using Kan-ed, the new statewide broadband backbone that's available to higher education, K-12 schools, hospitals and libraries," said Dennis King, director of FHSU's Virtual College and Learning Technologies. "If this is as successful as our tests indicate, we will look to move our other IPTV sites to the Kan-ed system."

King said FHSU was one of the first organizations worldwide to adopt IPTV technology, and was the first university to use IPTV for distance education. "It's becoming more common," King said, "but we still field a lot of calls and provide a lot of advice for other schools."

FHSU IPTV courses offered at the Smoky Hill Learning Center site:

Spring 2005
EAC 832 CA4 Lifestyle and Career Development
1/18-5/10; Tuesday; 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
Instructor: Kenton Olliff

EAC 839 CA4 Research Design
1/24-5/9; Monday; 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Billy Daley

EAC 849 CA4 Management of Agency/Community Counseling Practice
1/18-5/10; Tuesday; 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Warren Shaffer

EAC 850 CA4 School Law
1/12-5/11; Wednesday; 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Ray Johnson

EAC 855 CA4 Educational Leadership
1/12-5/11; Wednesday; 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Michael Slattery

EAC 859 CA4 Curriculum Planning and Evaluation (PK-12)
1/12-5/11; Wednesday; 8:00 p.m.-9:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Regi Wieland

Summer 2005
TEEL 884 CA4 Literacy Development
6/7-6/30; Monday-Thursday; 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Sanders

Fall 2005
EAC 831 CA4 Foundations of Counseling
8/23-12/13; Tuesday; 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
Instructor: Faculty

EAC 835 CA4 Theories of Counseling
8/23-12/13; Tuesday; 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Billy Daley

EAC 840 CA4 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
8/22-12/12; Monday; 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Warren Shaffer

EAC 848 CA4 Psychopathology and Diagnosis
8/22-12/12; Monday; 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Warren Shaffer

EAC 854 CA4 Educational Finance
8/24-12/14; Wednesday; 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Kathy Dale

EAC 856 CA4 School-Community Relations
8/24-12/14; Wednesday; 8:00 p.m.-9:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Ray Johnson

EAC 859 CA4 Curriculum Planning and Evaluation (PK-12)
8/24-12/14; Wednesday; 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Regi Wieland

TEEL 230 CA4 Diverse Learners
8/24-12/14; Wednesday; 7:00 p.m.-9:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Judy Nixon

TEEL 881 CA3 Content Area Reading
8/23-12/13; Tuesday; 7:00 p.m.-9:50 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Sanders

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