Gail Hawkes reflects on past conferences

Impressions from AACIS in the late 90s

Gail Hawkes – LSU



Not long ago, I looked up something in an old AACIS conference folder, and ended up looking through all the packets I have.   It seems that I have been around long enough to see an interesting progression in our discussions, and also to see the constancy of some issues. 


Here’s a look back at some of our 1990s conferences, and some memories.


 Estes Park 1995:

Presentation College Independent Study and the World Wide Web asks “Will we abandon print materials for courses on the WWW?” (University of Nebraska panel) 


Bus trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and a walk around as it snowed; buffalo in the field. 


 Minneapolis 1996:

 “This presentation will demonstrate World Wide Web pages as an addition to traditional correspondence courses, supplementing (not supplanting) more traditional means of delivery.” (Kristin Evenson Hirst, University of Iowa).


Walking across the icy University of Minnesota campus after a tour of the IDL offices.  


Purple sweatshirted ND attendees leaving in advance of an ice storm. 


 Athens 1997:  

Deb Gearhart presents The Birth of a Program about starting the distance education program at Dakota State. 


“Formerly a paper-based high school diploma program, the EDP has now been modified by NDIS to be delivered online.” (Neil Howe, North Dakota)   


Presentation by Emory McLendon Reducing Student Dropout—now Emory is an AACIS dropout! 


Cutting out on the Friday dinner and going with Susan Rogers to a restaurant in downtown Athens and eating the best pumpkin soup ever.   


Davenport 1998: 

Von presents Schools for Scandal about less-than-illustrious correspondence programs.


Riverboat dinner cruise. Casino a block away.


 Baton Rouge 1999:  

Maintaining accreditation (Lisa Bourlier);

 copyright issues (Marcie McGuire);


Synergy and Serendipity about developing an online course author’s manual (Elizabeth Houdek);


Realign educational practices  for the 21st century (Susan Edgren);


Penn State’s ATLAS program (Jerry Goff);


Psychological effects of learning at a distance (Mel Moyer and Ken Lightfoot);


Spanish taught at a distance (Kathy Peil);

No More Red Ink about grading online (Viggo Nightbay and Jon Skaare). 


Cajun food feast at Mulate’s. 


Excellent trip to the French Quarter—good fun and great company.





3 Responses to “Gail Hawkes reflects on past conferences”

  1. Evan Smith Says:

    Gail: There were also elk at Espes Park, as seen in newsletter after the conference.

  2. Evan Smith Says:

    (Make that Estes Park…)

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