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ODU's distance-learning program, TELETECHNET, is among the best in the country, and one of the reasons for its success has been the close relationship promoted between students at remote locations and the "mother" campus. Now, the local chapter of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) has come up with a way to share campus ferment with colleagues at the remote sites.

Many of the 60 remote TELETECHNET sites in Virginia, five other states, and the Bahamas are small community colleges and higher education centers where administrators do not have normal access to AUA meetings. So on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the ODU AUA chapter members will assemble in Room 202 of Gornto TELETECHNET Center and be able to interact-via video and audio technology-with administrators at about 50 of the remote sites.

"It dawned on me that we have not done all we can to involve all of the administrators in TELETECHNET land," said Barry D. Smith, director of ODU's Tri-Cities Higher Education Center in Portsmouth and president of AUA. "The (remote) site directors are an extremely dedicated and hard working group who give so much to this university and the only difference between them and those of us in the Norfolk area is that they are separated from the campus."

Don J. Murdoch, university information systems security officer, is speaking at Wednesday's meeting (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) on protecting information while using the computer.

Smith said he hopes some of the administrators at remote sites will want to become official "distance-members" of AUA. "Our efforts to involve them in AUA hopefully will be another way of making them feel more connected to the mother campus."

This article was posted on: October 4, 2005

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