Distance Learning Initiative for Less Commonly Taught Languages
The UCLA Distance Learning Initiative for Less Commonly Taught Languages (DL for LCTLs) began actual operation in 2002-03.
It is part of an effort to address a crucial and growing challenge to the University of California. meeting demands for student proficiency in a wide spectrum of the world's languages when many of those languages are not taught at most of the system's campuses, or which, though often deemed of vital strategic national interest, may face losing out in budget battles because of modest inherent popularity on the campuses where they are taught.
Distance education, melding new generation videoconferencing technology and Web-based course modules, offers a double return on investment: extending more equitable student access to LCTL courses across the UC system while expanding their enrollments to sustainable levels at their 'home' campuses.
Published: Friday, October 21, 2005