Web-Based College & Adult Basic Education
WHYY's Adult Learning Service helps individuals meet the demands of today's increasingly competitive workforce by making personal and professional enrichment opportunities available where and when it is convenient for them.
WHYY and our regional and national partners in the Educational Technology Consortium (ETC) raised the bar for distance learners in FY'05 with the launch of an innovative, fee-based service called CourseStreamSM. College educators can use this service to enrich learning experiences for their students by incorporating high-quality streaming video from our extensive content repository and other sources into their online course offerings.
CourseStreamSM eliminates the need for videotapes and VCRs, offering students total flexibility by giving them the freedom to access this video content anytime and anywhere. Beginning this fall, WHYY will be the only television station in the U.S. to offer Annenberg Media courses to colleges and universities nationwide via this service.
CourseStreamSM joins WebStudy and collegeanywhere.org to complete the ETC CollegeAnywhere product suite, which opens doors for academic institutions in the Delaware Valley and beyond to provide customized, cost-effective distance learning options to their students.
This past fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Labor and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded WHYY's Adult Learning Service two grants totaling $150,000 to translate GED videos into Spanish, which helps us fulfill an urgent need for Spanish-speaking residents in Pennsylvania who must earn their high school equivalency diplomas in order to qualify for better jobs.
WHYY currently distributes the GED Connection series as a computer-based training program to 20 sites in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties through our partnership with the Workforce Development Boards. Early next year, we will begin distributing the Spanish-language GED videos to additional community sites throughout the region in partnership with Congreso de Latinos Unidos, which serves North Philadelphia's Latino community, and, in partnership with Kentucky Educational Network (KET), we will make them available to colleges and community centers across the country via CourseStreamSM.
Looking forward, WHYY will add CourseLiveSM to our CollegeAnywhere product suite. CourseLiveSM will integrate interactive voice and video, white boards and chat into Web-based courses.
People can achieve great things when they have a solid educational base on which to build. No matter what their particular requirement, WHYY supports individuals and academic institutions as they work toward achieving their educational goals.