Received from Dr. Fischler:
I am happy to speak to a small group of those who might be interested in the History of Distance Education including the integration of technology once it was visible and could pass state review.
email: sent 7 July
In August, Dr. Fischler might have time to give a talk about the History of Distance Education.
Scheduled for August 3
Where did the idea for this potential thesis topic come from?
Dr. Charles Schlosser asked me, "What about a biography of Dr. Fischler?"
Questions for Dr. Fischler
Abraham S. Fischler and Distance Education at Nova University 1965 to 1992
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Questions for Distance Education History July 2011
From a discussion with Dr. Fischler about Nova's history
There are at least eight tips that can be culled from the History of distance education at Nova.
These tips can be used by directors of schools that are starting (I'm sharing these points with Will Sutherland, for example, in England with his innovative relationship-based, soft skills sailing school).
1. Find a niche
2. Stay focused on that niche. Don't forget the niche even after you get success and are invited to spread your resources.
3. Make space for early and later adopters
Everett Roggers writes in Diffusion of Innovation that there is an "S" curve for adoption of
There are "early adopters"
there are "later adopters" when the technology or process is proven
4. Bring in the best people. People make a difference.
5. Be patient.
6. Collaborate. Make room for others, invite other experts to come help.
7. Fight for your program (the North Carolina resistance and law suits)
8. Constant innovation, constant improvement.
9.Invest in people.
10. Vision comes from the top and the top needs to constantly remind the organization of the vision.
While some of these steps appear simple and over-used, it is surprising how new organizations fail to produce good results because they overlook some (obvious) simple tips.
Deming talks about asking all employees to be part of the transformation of a company or organization.
To what extent did you spend time reinforcing the principles and vision that you nurtured?
Deming says that management is responsible for showing constant purpose and communicating the vision.
History of Distance Education at Nova
Interview and discussion about the Need for Change and the Process of Change in Education