University of Wisconsin Extension
From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) supports course provision both in print format and online, for individuals at all stages in life seeking educational opportunities.
Its mission is to provide ‘anytime, anywhere’ lifelong learning opportunities via flexible delivery methods (including distance-learning technologies). Courses include those for credit, certificates, personal enrichment and professional training.
UW-Extension's main office is in Madison, Wisconsin, US. 26 University of Wisconsin campuses offer Continuing Education programmes throughout the state. Distance-learning courses are coordinated by the UW-Extension's Office of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning, which draws on over 110 years of experience in distance learning provision. In 2008, there were 15 online degree and certificate programmes (with 14 partnering UW institutions); 8 online degree programmes; and more than 300 print-based university, continuing education and high school courses. In all, more than 6,000 programmes serve nearly 200,000 people annually (from all 50 US states, and over 100 countries). Funding comes from US state, county, tribal and federal government sources.
The UW-Extension Web site is http://www.uwex.edu
UW learning activities may take place via streaming audio and video, webcasting, audio-conferencing, "interactive" videoconferencing and web-conferencing. Course materials are delivered via the Desire2Learn system, although (according to a UW tech support web site) some courses may be delivered by Blackboard as well.
UW-Extension also manages Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.
The 2007 Annual Report can be viewed at http://www.uwex.edu/publications/annualreport/documents/AnnualReport07.pdf