The Association of Adventist Academic Administrators (AAAA) recently voted to initiate the development of a collaborative Adventist system of distributed education as an Adventist Virtual University. Academic officers from twelve North American Division Colleges and Universities indicated a commitment to this collaborative initiative at the March 21, 1999 AAAA meetings. Open conversation that seeks cooperation from all interested institutions and administrators is desired, and additional institutions and committee volunteers are invited to participate.
Issues of student access to distributed learning, the academic integrity of instruction and assessment, and students' ability to utilize offerings will be considered by subcommittees. The next AAAA meeting is scheduled for September, in conjunction with the AVLL conference in Florida.
A second conversation among interested parties and AVLL participants will take place September 10-13, 1999 in Florida. The second AVLL conference will be held at the Celebration Health Education Center, in Celebration, Florida. Dr Des Cummings, CEO of Business Development for Florida Hospital Systems, will give the keynote address and a half day consultation on Friday. Sabbath plans include corporate worship with the possibility of the Adventist Academic Administrators Association joining with us for Sabbath celebration and discussion. Workshops and working sessions will be held Sunday and Monday. Please send any suggestions you have for conference agenda items, hot topics we need to discuss together and suggestions of names for workshop presenters to: Carole Kilcher, email@example.com, or call 616-471-3872 during business hours EST. no later than June 1, 1999.
The Celebration Health Education Center is a conference facility of the Florida Hospital System and Disney Corporation. It is located in the Neighborhood B of the Celebration Health complex, at 400 Celebration Place, Celebration, Florida - TEL (407) 303-4461 FAX (407) 303-4301.
Directions from the Orlando Airport are: Take 417 South. Take the Celebration Exit and then a first immediate left at Celebration Place to your 2nd left at 400 Celebration Place. Transportation Services are available through Mears Destination Management at TEL (407) 839-1570, FAX (407) 841-6851.
Guests are responsible for individual hotel arrangements. Elaine Plemons of the Florida Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org will be available as the housing hostess should you have any questions or concerns..
Hotel accommodations where Celebration Health discount may apply include:
No discounts apply for:
Walt Disney World
Welcome to all who have joined AVLL since the Florida Conference. The following list gives an idea of how far around the globe the interest in collaboration between and among Adventist institutions reaches.
Is Adventist Education Ready for the Fourth Wave?
What role will there be for educational institutions as the third, or information age, as the fourth, or relational wave takes over in the first world? Is Adventist education ready for a shift in focus from processing information to gaining attention in the midst of an overkill of information? What are the new demands on education? How will/should Adventist education meet them? Some of these issues will be addressed at the September AVLL Conference in Florida by the keynote speaker, Dr Des Cummings.
Foundations in Adventist Education
Debate over issues to be considered in the creation of distributed Adventist education spurred several subscribers to restudy Ellen White's book, Education. As insights were shared, new angles on issues were brought to the list. Join Jon Paulien, Randy Seibold, Jim Tucker, and other AVLL members in discussion of what Adventist Education should look like beyond 2000.
Still Under Discussion
Dialogue continues about the future of SDA Education as the concept of distributed education is considered from all angles. Here are a few that beg your insights:
What does the Adventist nitch look like, sound like, smell like, feel like, taste like to others? Do we have something unique to offer? What criteria will be used to measure quality of Adventist distributed education - courses, instructors, values, mission? Will it be different due to cultural/country expectations across world divisions?
We have ACA (Adventist Colleges of America). Why not ACI (Adventist Colleges International)? Students could then go to any of our institutions for whatever period fits their needs/goals as an accepted thing rather than a major decision and have reciprocity of courses.
Do we need a 'sponsor' to bring about major change? Do we need business partners? What criteria?
Advertising Worthwhile Distance Education Resources
AVLL members contribute URLs for worthwhile conferences, distributed education programs in action already, reviews of software used with distributed education so far, and more. If you've found a useful website, or a great resource for Adventist educators interested in distributed education, we need your contribution! Join the list to participate, or learn from others. Visit the AVLL website for useful links to distributed education sites, an AVLL participants list, archived newsletters or working documents.