DHTV's Distance Learning Courses to Be Broadcast Live on Santa Monica’s CityTV
DHTV, the instructional television programming at California State University, Dominguez Hills, is now being aired on CityTV, the community cable channel for the City of Santa Monica. Live programs will be shown on Forté, Channel 99, which is dedicated to lifelong learning. Each course is taught by CSU Dominguez Hills faculty and staff or experts in the various topics covered. The 13-week courses can be used to earn college credit by viewers who officially enroll at the university.
Warren Ashley, director of Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning, says that DHTV currently reaches three million cable subscribers in throughout the metropolitan Los Angeles area, including Torrance, Gardena, Lomita, Lennox, Lawndale, Carson, Beverly Hills, Altadena and Sierra Madre and Pasadena.
“CityTV will allow us to introduce a new audience of TV viewers in Santa Monica to the Dominguez Hills' experience,” he says.
This fall, CityTV will air seven of DHTV’s courses, four of which are part of the CSUDH Young Scholars Program. Ashley says more than 10,000 high school students throughout California have enrolled in Young Scholars Program since DHTV began offering courses geared toward them in 1995. Through the program, high school students may enroll in designated distance learning courses and earn three units of transferable college credit.
“The Young Scholar Program generates FTE for the university and allows high school students to get a head start on college,” says Ashley.
The following are a listing of the courses that will broadcast on CityTV:
“Gardens of California” with Jerry Turney, Sundays, 2-3 p.m.; began Aug. 29
An examination of the relationship between environment and the local flora of California.
Introduction to Public Relations with Suzanne Scholz, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; begins Sept. 7
A look at public relations and its impact on society and culture where students will learn how public relations practices and principles are used as applied to government, education, industry and other organizations.
Jazz in the Modern Era with Chet Hanley, Tuesdays, 9-10:30 p.m.; begins Sept. 7
A weekly journey through the history of jazz featuring sounds, images, performances, and an examination of the contribution of jazz to the American cultural experience.
The following broadcasts are part of the CSUDH Young Scholars Program:
Introduction to Marine Life with Sarah Swain, Thursdays, 3-4:30 p.m.; begins Sept. 9;
This course is offered in association with the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
An interactive and scientific approach to the study of the Pacific Ocean, the animal and plant life dependent on this resource and our relationship with its ecology.
Critical Reasoning with Doug Borcoman, Mondays, 3-4 p.m.; begins Sept. 13
Dr. Borcoman presents a foundation course in informal and formal logic, and critical thinking, including lessons on arguments, premises, conclusions, as well as about the concepts of soundness, validity, and fallacies. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to reason towards a conclusion, defend a claim, and provide justification for a hypothesis.
Looking at Art with Bernard Baker, Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.; begins Sept. 14
Dr. Baker shares the visual and performing arts with students by reviewing historical periods from the beginning of mankind to the present. In-studio guests provide opportunities to better understand how performances are planned and created
Dimensions of Leisure with Mary Lou Cappel, Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.; begins Sept. 15
Dr. Cappel leads an investigation of leisure, recreation, and personal and social adjustments to leisure. Students will develop a personal philosophy of recreation and increase awareness of impact of leisure on American society.
CSU Dominguez Hills is a national leader in distance learning and has been named by Forbes as one of the top cyber universities. The university has the largest distance learning program in the CSU system, with more than 4,000 students enrolled in distance learning programs in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.
CSU Dominguez Hills offered its first distance learning degree in 1974, and in 1995 offered the first online masters degree programs ever approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The university continues to be in the forefront of distance learning technology and academic excellence, garnering numerous awards including an award for Best Distance Learning Teacher for Frank Rust in 1998 from the U.S. Distance Learning Association; and an Omni Intermedia Award, two Telly Awards, and an Aegis Award in 1999. Ashley was given the Top 100 Video Producer Award in 2000 by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine. All DHTV programming is accredited by WASC.
Students and viewers are encouraged to call 1(800) 339-1193 to be part of live, interactive discussions by asking questions and sharing comments with the instructor or in-studio guest lecturers.
For information about DHTV and Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning in the College of Extended and International Education, click here or call (310) 243- 2288.
For an archive of DHTV programming, click here.
- Joanie Harmon
Photo above: Staff from Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning present live programming on DHTV through the College of
Extended and International Education. Pictured L-R: Robert Smith, broadcast engineer; Dr. Steven Williams, coordinator,
internet applications; Dr. Joy Jones, program administrator, Young Scholars Program; Bernie Clinch, coordinator of video production, Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning; and Garry Jacobs, manager, production operations
Seated: Van Bridgeman, assistant director and senior producer, Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning; and Vanessa Oamelda, student assistant
Photo by Joanie Harmon