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September 11, 2003
DH-03 TK 050
Contact: Warren Ashley
Director, Mediated Instruction &
Distance Learning
(310) 243-2288
e-mail: washley@csudh.edu
Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
e-mail: tknox@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

CSU Dominguez Hills and California Community Colleges
Partner to Offer Interactive TV Courses via Satellite

First-ever partnership delivers programming throughout California

CARSON, Calif: – In an unprecedented collaboration, California Sate University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and have agreed to join forces to broadcast live, interactive educational television programming to communities throughout California via satellite. Live broadcasts began Sept. 8 and will continue through the fall semester.

Home of the largest distance learning program in the California State University system, CSU Dominguez Hills will schedule and produce roughly 20 hours of live programming per week. The is the first time the 108 California Community Colleges and a CSU campus have collaborated to use distance education technology to distribute academic courses throughout the state.

“This is the first time we have had access to a statewide network of cable television stations,” said Warren Ashley, Ph.D., director of Mediated Instruction & Distance Learning at CSUDH. The Community College Satellite will give bring this campus into the homes of people all over the state. No other campus broadcasts the quantity and quality of live programs that are seen on DHTV. This partnership benefits people in rural areas and do not live close to a university.”

Programs will be produced at the Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, California by the University’s Center for Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning. The programming will be distributed via DHTV, the television programming and broadcast service of Cal State Dominguez Hills.

It is anticipated that many community colleges will also broadcast this live programming to students and viewers in their communities via public, educational and government access channels.

Dominguez Hills DHTV has earned distinction for its commitment to live, interactive television programming. This semester’s programming will include two courses on Saturday and Sunday morning for teachers who are trying to complete their California Professional Clear Credential. Other courses include Jazz in the Modern Era on Tuesday nights, Election 2004 with Bill Rosendahl on Saturday afternoons and Movies and American Society on Sunday afternoons.

Two fee-waiver courses are offered to high school and community college students, Monday through Thursday, 3-4 p.m. Also, a lifelong learning program for older adults is broadcast on Mondays from 1-2 p.m. and The President’s Notebook, a half-hour program on Sunday mornings. A more detailed schedule of DHTV programming can be found at http://dhtv.csudh.edu.

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