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Reducing Isolation through Regional Mentors and Learning Communities: A Way to Support Rural Learners
Rural Special Education Quarterly
  • Nancy K. Glomb, Utah State University
  • T. Midenhall
  • L. Mason
  • Charles L. Salzberg, Utah State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract
Reinforcing and facilitating learning communities is a strategy that has been used to decrease attrition rates in traditional campus-based programs, and it has been hypothesized that applying principles of learning communities in distance education programs could have similar positive outcomes. To facilitate the development and maintenance of regional learning communities within the Mild/Moderate Distance Degree and Licensure Program at Utah State University, highly successful graduates of the program are employed as mentors within each broadcast locality to engineer regional opportunities for studying and socialization. Program evaluation respondents indicate that mentoring experiences were very helpful as they progressed through the courses and practica. Moreover, graduation rates increased from 53% to 75% since the inception of this approach.
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Originally published by the American Council on Rural Special Education.

Citation Information
Glomb, N., Midenhall, T., Mason, L., & Salzberg, C. (2009). Reducing Isolation through Regional Mentors and Learning Communities: A Way to Support Rural Learners. Rural Special Education Quarterly. 28(4), 31-35.