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Herding Snails on a Hot Skillet: E-learning, Change, and Higher Education

Patricia L. Rogers.

At the keynote address of UT 2001 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Dr. Rogers presented a paper on how e-learning (distance learning on the internet) is forcing a major evolution and transformation in higher education. Trends and compelling demands from all types of post-secondary students (traditional, older than average returning, workforce, and professionals seeking further advances) were identified. Such demands change the way higher education will 'do business' in the 21st century.

This presentation is an update to the 2001 paper and will present data from two different online programs currently implemented at a small Midwestern university. The programs have already attracted students from several states as well as two countries outside of the US. Aspects of change and its effects on the institution are discussed.


Patricia L. Rogers  (United States)
Dept of Professional Education
Bemidji State University

Patricia L. Rogers, PhD, is a Professor at Bemidji State University in the department of Professional Education, with doctoral preparation in both Art Education and Instructional Systems and Technology from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of several state-level committees and is a consultant for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Office of Instructional Technology. Dr. Rogers is a Getty Fellow (Dissertation Fellowship from the Getty Center for Arts in Education) and a Fulbright Scholar (2000-2001) working on designing distance-learning programs in Iceland. She consults internationally on e- learning, is the author of several articles on instructional technology, and regularly presents at technology conferences. She was the keynote speaker at UT 2001, a technology and education conference held in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Recent work includes the publication of an edited book: "Designing Instruction for Technology-Enhanced Learning," a book for teachers at all levels of education who face the challenge of designing instruction for e-learning environments.

  • E-learning
  • Online learning
  • Change
  • Distance education

(30 min Conference Paper, English)