30 Years of Distance Education
From Richard Burns on March 24th, 2021
Journey from the first ITV proposal in 1985 to the delivery of over 47,000 distance credit hours in Academic Year 2018-19.
A Pioneer in Distance Education
UMA has been a pioneer in providing higher education to students at a distance, from the very first courses broadcast via ITV to today’s highly interactive online courses.
For many, it is hard to remember a time when information could not be accessed, literally, in the palm of your hand. A time before smartphones and PCs, when Facebook and Instagram were not part of a world wide web connected citizenry. Thirty years ago, UMA, with University of Maine System support, was on the cusp of this technological movement with a goal of reshaping access to higher education across the state of Maine and beyond.