Title page for ETD etd-12162004-164237

Type of Document Major Paper
Author He, Xiaohui
Author's Email Address xihe1@vt.edu
URN etd-12162004-164237
Title Natural Resources Distance Learning Programs in The United States and China
Degree Master of Natural Resources
Department Natural Resources
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Trauger, David L. Committee Chair
Evans, Gary R. Committee Member
Murphy, Brian R. Committee Member
Paul, Ellen Committee Member
  • Conservation
  • Evironment
  • Distance Learning
  • Education
  • Professional Training
  • Natural Resources
  • China
  • Natural Resources Distance Learning
Date of Defense 2004-12-01
Availability unrestricted

This paper reviews the status of natural resources distance learning program in the United States and China and discusses the feasibility of educational cooperation between the two countries. By identifying and comparing computer-based learning programs offered at 300 American and 7 Chinese institutions of higher education, I found that only a small number of schools in both countries currently provide natural resources courses via distance learning. Although great opportunities exist for cooperation between the two countries, challenges must be overcome. Some of these challenges include expanding the existing distance learning curriculum to offer more natural resources courses, providing greater flexibility for faculty members who must adjust to a new teaching role, and improving the English proficiency of Chinese students for more effective international distance learning.

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