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A Cooperative Delivery System For Distance Education In Mongolia

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Program Delivery Methods & Technology

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9.26.1 - 9.26.10

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Stuart Kellogg

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A Cooperative Delivery System for Distance Education in Mongolia

Stuart D. Kellogg , Oyuntsetseg Luvsandondov

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology / Mongolian University of Science & Technology


The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Tech) has offered an MS degree in Technology Management (TM) since 1990. With its early involvement in distance education, the TM faculty has experienced a wide array of technologies and issues surrounding distance education. The program is now one of the largest graduate programs on campus and is made up of both on-site and distance learners. Most recently, SDSM&T has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) to offer the program in Mongolia. In this paper, we discuss some of the relevant technological and logistical issues that had to be addressed in a joint development effort. One interesting aspect of the project is multi-media considerations that differ substantially between distance learning needs in the U. S. and those required for delivery in Mongolia.


Like many programs, the distance program in TM began as an outreach service to South Dakota residents who had few opportunities to pursue continuing education. The TM program is available at the master’s level only and is specifically designed to meet the needs of practicing engineers and technologists who need a theoretical foundation for quantitative decision-making and modern management techniques. The program requires 32 credits of coursework covering four basic areas: management, finance, operations, and quantitative methods. Students are allowed to transfer up to 12 credit hours provided the hours are from an accredited university and are approved by the student’s committee. Program requirements may be satisfied through either a thesis or an independent project option. The program was converted from engineering management in 1991 as a response to changing industry requirements and has since become a popular program of study with South Dakota industry and with Tech alumni in particular.

In 1995, the South Dakota Board of Regents adopted a new statewide initiative to more actively pursue distance education and technology-enabled learning. While this initiative provided a unique opportunity to explore alternative teaching and learning strategies and to engage new students, it was not without its risks. While the literature strongly supports the hypothesis that a

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Kellogg, S. (2004, June), A Cooperative Delivery System For Distance Education In Mongolia Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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