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Not for publication
Nov. 18, 1997

UNC-CH open cyberhouse to help roll out distance-learning class

Thursday, Nov. 20, 9:30-11 a.m.,
Great Hall, Frank Porter Graham Student Union

A pilot distance-learning course, to be offered this January at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be showcased at an “Open Cyberhouse” in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Thursday, (Nov. 20) from 9:30-11 a.m. Media representatives are invited to attend.

The undergraduate business course will combine documentary-style television programs with Internet-based instruction to teach “Analytical Building Blocks for Business: Introduction to Microeconomics.” The three-credit course is open to anyone except students currently majoring or minoring in business at UNC-CH.

It is ideal for working North Carolina adults who cannot leave their jobs or families to enroll in a traditional class in Chapel Hill, says UNC-CH Chancellor Michael Hooker, who will speak along with Dr. Ben Rosen, associate dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business Schoool.

Alec Hudnut, a UNC-CH alumnus and chief executive officer of University Access, a Los Angeles-based distance-learning company that is distributing and producing the course, will give a short campus tour on a computer at the podium. Several computer terminals will be hooked up to the University Access “Virtual Campus” and will be projected onto a big screen.

An informational chat session, similar to an Internet class, will allow students and others in the audience to ask questions on line about how the class works. Dr. Robert Connolly, who will be teaching the distance-learning course, Hooker and Hudnut will be on line to answer questions. A television and a VCR will be set up in the back corner of the Great Hall to play segments from another University Access class, which will demonstrate the television component of the course.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available at the back of the Great Hall.

Media parking: Limited metered parking is available at the union for broadcasters with heavy equipment. Check the marked spaces. Other media may park in the N.C. 54 vistors' lot on South Road east of Country Club Road and walk west to the Union, or in the Hanes Hall visitors' lot off Cameron Avenue and walk southeast.

News Services Contacts: Mike McFarland, Karen Moon (broadcast)

Kenan-Flagler Business School Contact: Allison Adams, 962-7235