VU Receives Funds For Distance Learning

In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, and secondary education programs in mathematics, science, and special education.

updated: 11/25/2009 1:36:18 PM

VU Receives Funds For Distance Learning

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The Indiana State Library has awarded Vincennes University’s Shake Learning Resource Center a $125,817 grant for a new program to promote professional development. The initiative provides job-ready training programs and college credit opportunities to enrollees at partnering public library districts. Vincenness will provide clients with mobile personal computers to support the online programs.

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Vincennes, Ind. -- Vincennes University’s Shake Learning Resource Center is the recipient of a $125,817 grant to launch a highly innovative project that helps meet the educational and professional development needs of residents in partnering public library districts.

The grant from the Indiana State Library is part of the Learning Unlimited program that will focus on providing college credit and job-ready training programs centered at public libraries.

VU will connect enrollees to these opportunities by supplying each with netbooks - lightweight, mobile, wireless, but powerful and inexpensive personal computers to support online education and training programs. The public library will play a crucial role as a source for wireless internet access and face-to-face support services for students enrolled in the program.

“In difficult economic times, public libraries play an enhanced role in responding to the educational and professional development needs of the communities they serve,” said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian.

“Vincennes University recognized that the technology and intellectual infrastructure already exists at public libraries to successfully implement this cutting-edge program.”

The public library will also act as the host site for general program orientation, placement testing, proctoring exams, netbook distribution and training, and group work. Part-time mentor/coaches will be available at the public library to help students achieve academic success and program completion. VU librarians and their public library counterparts will collaborate in providing library reference assistance to students enrolled in the program on the use of INSPIRE - Indiana’s virtual library - and other electronic information resources. The program will also seek training and educational referrals from local WorkOne offices.

“Learning Unlimited will expand the role of the local public library in serving the educational and employment needs of district residents,” said Robert Slayton, VU Dean of Learning Resources. “Through the use of cutting-edge information technologies, this grant supports a unique and highly innovative partnership for extending educational and employment opportunities to Indiana citizens.”

The Learning Unlimited pilot program will begin in spring 2010 at up to three central Indiana public libraries with the goal to expand to other statewide locations in the future. More information, including participating library locations and enrollment opportunities, will be available in the near future. The program is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) innovation grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

About Vincennes University
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as the Indianapolis International Airport. VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation. In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, and secondary education programs in mathematics, science, and special education. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.

About the IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. More information is available at www.imls.gov.

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