Exploring Paths to Solving Shortages: Programs Extending Education With Technology

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe critical factors in distance and online education within a program.
  2. identify positive and challenging aspects of non-traditional education delivery.
  3. assess the impact of distance education and online education delivery in meeting the shortage challenge.


Faced with shortages, graduate educators must explore different education delivery options to fill this void. Four programs have leveraged technology to increase opportunities to individuals beyond the traditional classroom walls through distance education or online options while maintaining graduate standards. These programs will identify important training components, challenges, as well as share data of program successes. Important patterns across the institutions will be identified and next steps will be explored in alternative educational delivery models.



Robert J. Dixon, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Jennifer Kitson, Fort Hays State University
Lauren Mangus, Wayne State University
Cheryl Somers, PhD, Wayne State University
Jamie L. Chaffin, Eastern Washington University
Elise Hendricker, PhD, University of Houston-Victoria
Susan Ruby, Eastern Washington University
Angie Howard, Fort Hays State University
Shannon B. Viola, University of Houston-Victoria

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