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Internet Educational BBS Pioneers of Alberta - Part 1

Internet Educational BBS Pioneers of Alberta - Part 1

Once upon a time Leadership and Innovation existed within a digital frontier for distance education in Alberta called the MRC BBS - circa 1993 (aka SciTech BBS - circa 1994 - 1998). BBS is the acronym for Bulletin Board System ( see http://www.bbscorner.com/usersinfo/bbsintro.htm ).

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Swettenham, Dennis Leask, Ray Sloan, and Bruce Horrey were the Distance and Blended Education pioneers of an academic PC based BBS for learners and global community at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. This little known history brought together four unique individuals from various backgrounds to create a microcomputer based communications system that would be freely available anytime, anywhere, to students, educators, and interested global community via a telephone modem or Internet connection. The academic BBS was a social network and MOOC, with open e-books, and a lot more.

Dennis and Steve are the remaining founders to the story of an extrordinary achievement starting from no budget or institutional support, to a world class online educational system demonstrated at the 1994 National Educational Computing Conference in Boston (NECC '94 CD).

To Be Continued... Part II

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