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UI offers courses for educators over the ICN

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Utilizing the interactive distance education technology of the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), the University of Iowa Center for Credit Programs is sponsoring courses this spring of interest to educators across the state.

Teachers, counselors, school administrators, librarians and other education professionals can take the courses for graduate credit, licensure, or for professional development. Classes begin Jan. 19 and continue through May 13.

Of special interest to administrators and professional marketing staff at schools, colleges, and community groups is "Strategic Marketing and Institutional Development." Participants will learn marketing concepts and skills to use in their organizations' planning and decision-making efforts. Students work in teams on marketing projects of mutual interest.

The course will be offered Wednesdays, Jan. 20 to May 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at ICN sites in Boone, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Sioux City, West Burlington, and West Des Moines.

Community college educators seeking teaching licensure may enroll in these ICN classes:

-- "Teaching of Adults," an upper-level, three-credit-hour course that meets from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 21 at these sites: Afton, Ankeny, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Estherville, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Ottumwa, Pleasant Valley, Sioux City, Waterloo, and West Des Moines.

-- "Curriculum Development," an upper-level, three-credit-hour course that meets from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, beginning Jan. 25 at these sites: Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Estherville, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, Mount Ayr, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sheldon, Sioux City, Waterloo, and West Burlington.

-- "Foundations of Vocational Education," an upper-level, two- to three-credit-hour course that meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 19 at these sites: Ankeny, Avoca, Bettendorf, Burlington, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Greenfield, Johnston, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, and Waterloo.

Administrators, researchers, and educators working in libraries and information centers can take advantage of courses offered via the ICN by the UI School of Library and Information Science.

This semester's offerings include:

--"Foundations of Library and Information Science" a graduate-level, two-credit-hour-course is scheduled for Mondays from 7:10 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 25 at ICN sites in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Ida Grove, Newton, Mason City, Olin, Orange City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Villisca, West Burlington, West Des Moines.

--" Research Methods in Library Science, a graduate-level, three-semester-hour course will meet Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. starting Jan. 19 at ICN sites in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Ida Grove, Mason City, Olin, Orange City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Villisca, West Burlington, and West Des Moines.

--"Online Information Systems," a graduate-level, three-semester-hour course will meet Mondays, from 5:10 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting Jan. 25 at ICN sites in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Ida Grove, Newton, Mason City, Olin, Orange City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Villisca, West Burlington, and West Des Moines.

The ICN is an advanced fiber optic telecommunications network linking educational sites across the state. The UI piloted use of the system in spring 1993 and is among its leading users in providing credit courses. The ICN provides for interactive video and audio communication for participants at all sites.

ICN sites may be subject to change. In some instances additional ICN sites may be provided, depending on availability and interest.

Tuition is $112 per semester hour for undergraduates and $176 per semester hour for graduate students. A deferred payment plan and a limited number of scholarships are also available.

For registration information, contact the Center for Credit Programs, The University of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email: credit-programs@uiowa.edu; World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ccp

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