The Transformation of Higher Education through Technology-Assisted Learning: Arizona Learning Systems


Arizona Learning Systems (ALS) is an alliance of Arizona's urban and rural community colleges whose purpose is to provide learner-centered education environments that build on the unique advantages that technology affords the learning process. The task force designing ALS is addressing two major goals: (1) the expansion and upgrade of telecommunications lines to connect learning sites throughout the state of Arizona through a contract with a private (common) carrier, and (2) the reform of higher education practices to meet the merging needs of all Arizonans for perpetual learning and the development, application, and evaluation of new, powerful learning strategies. This paper covers the purposes of ALS, strategies for implementation, the politics of change, and a strategic model for cultural change.

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