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Another North Dakota college receives a Number one ranking. 
This time for distance education in the ‘paraprofessional’ education discipline.
Jim Olson went to Bottineau to find out just how popular online and interactive video courses are among its students and instructors.

(Jackie Migler, Education Program Instructor)  “I call them my baby teachers.”

Jackie Migler teaches education courses to students at Dakota College at Bottineau – and at Valley City State and Minot State at the same time.

“You are now in Ed Psych.”

It’s done over IVN  or Interactive Video Network, allowing students in the far-off locations to be in the classroom and contribute just as if they were physically in Bottineau.
She says guiding students through Ed Psych, or any of many other courses works well.

(Jackie Migler, Education Program Instructor) “I like having my students here in front of me. But I have some really amazing students both in Valley City and in Minot and it’s a really great way for them to be part of an education class.”
(Kyler Moore, DCB Sophomore) “I’ve taken quite a few actually so far.”

Kyler Moore is a second-year student at DCB and says it’s common for him to be in a class that’s also inhabited by students from far flung classrooms.

(Kyler Moore, DCB Sophomore)  “The degree I want to go into is computer science so..it’s actually super easy for the students you really don’t have to do anything, it’s all the instructor’s job to make sure the class is running smoothly.”
(Keri Keith, Advertising & Marketing Instructor)  “I have taught online for 10 years or so. I started with the University of Phoenix when they were getting going.”

Keri Keith teaches advertising and marketing – often online where students work on their own time and are often outside of North Dakota even.

(Keri Keith, Advertising & Marketing Instructor)  “I think it’s also really interesting to know that you have students in different states or different countries. We’ve had several military students who are overseas and they are in my classes here in Bottineau.”
(Jackie Migler, Education Program Instructor)  “The only intimidating thing is if there are glitches in the system.”

Like on this day where one of the IVN classrooms reports a problem that seems to turn Jackie Migler into a cell phone salesperson.

(Jackie Migler, Education Program Instructor) “Can you hear me now?”

But it turned out to be a simple fix – gotta turn up the volume if you want to be part of distance education. Jim Olson, KX News.
OnlineColleges.com reports almost two-thirds of the students at DCB are taking classes online or through interactive video.
The college has 22 programs and 150 classes offered through distance education.
 

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