The Cable Center Creates Distance Learning Program With C-SPAN and The University of Denver

Five-Year Pilot Project Underwritten by Cable Pioneer Amos Hostetter



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Cable Center

    DENVER, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cable Center announced today that it
 has formed a partnership with the University of Denver (DU) and C-SPAN to
 create an innovative, television-based distance learning program at The Cable
 Center.  The project will link DU and eventually other students to Washington,
 D.C., for courses in political communication using C-SPAN programming.  The
 five-year pilot project is being underwritten by cable pioneer Amos B.
 Hostetter, Jr.
     As part of the project, Hostetter will fund a joint chair between The
 Cable Center and DU.  Dr. John Splaine, an award-winning professor who has
 taught at the University of Maryland's School of Education for 32 years, has
 been named as the first Hostetter Chair of Communication at the University of
 Denver and The Cable Center.  Dr. Splaine has also served as a programming and
 education consultant to C-SPAN for more than 12 years.
     "This innovative Cable Center project combines my interest in higher
 education with my continuing commitment to the fine work that Brian Lamb and
 his colleagues do at C-SPAN.  I'm also delighted to be associated again with
 my longtime friends John Splaine and Dan Ritchie, chancellor of the University
 of Denver," said Hostetter.
     During the project's first year, Dr. Splaine will develop and teach two
 accredited courses to DU students based at the Distance Learning Studio of The
 Cable Center, which is adjacent to the DU campus.  By conducting the course
 from Washington, D.C., Dr. Splaine will be able to invite elected officials,
 national journalists and policy experts as speakers.  He will have access to
 C-SPAN's on-location field cameras, as they cover unfolding events, and to
 C-SPAN's archives, which contain hundreds of thousands of hours of political
 programming.
     Connected by satellite and high-speed fiber lines, and using
 broadcast-quality cameras, Dr. Splaine and his students will have a two-way,
 live communication link.  Additionally, high-speed Internet access will allow
 students and Dr. Splaine to interact online during office hours and exchange
 course materials.
     In later years of the pilot, the partners hope to extend the courses to
 students on other campuses and to offer them globally via the Internet.
     The Cable Center, which opens its permanent Denver home to the public in
 2002, incorporates a cutting-edge distance learning laboratory that will be
 used by students in these courses.  C-SPAN plans to build an in-house teaching
 facility at its Washington, D.C., headquarters equipped with robotic cameras,
 DVD players, high-speed Internet connections, a fiber connection to Denver and
 other state-of-the art equipment for use in courses conducted at The Cable
 Center.  In future years, the public affairs cable network plans to offer this
 facility to other academics teaching courses using C-SPAN programming.
     "What makes this project different from other distance learning efforts is
 the unique assets brought by each of the partners," said C-SPAN CEO Brian
 Lamb.  "Amos is providing the seed money, DU is contributing the academic
 framework, The Cable Center's resources ensure broadcast-quality technology to
 the students and C-SPAN offers access to Washington unavailable to students
 elsewhere in the country."
     The courses in this pilot program will examine theories, assumptions, and
 philosophies about the use of television in political campaigns and the
 presidency.  The program begins during the winter quarter of 2002, with
 classes being available to University of Denver students during the spring
 quarter of 2002.
     "This is an extraordinary gift and partnership that will open new vistas
 for students and scholars at the University of Denver and around the world,"
 said Daniel L. Ritchie, chancellor of the University of Denver.
     "One of the primary goals of The Cable Center is to utilize advanced
 telecommunications technology to develop global education programs," said Jim
 O'Brien, president and CEO of The Cable Center.  "We consider this project an
 outstanding first step toward that goal."
     Other programs generated and implemented by The Cable Center include the
 Julian A. Brodsky Executive-In-Residence Program, which allows leaders in the
 telecommunications industry to interact with students and faculty of leading
 universities, the Summer Executive Management Program, and the Barry L.
 Babcock Endowed Municipal Partnerships and Cable Telecommunications Program,
 which establishes forums that bring cable operators together with municipal
 governments.
 
     About the Cable Center
     The mission of the Cable Center (www.cablecenter.org) is to develop and
 actively promote educational, training, and research programs to address
 issues facing the cable and telecommunications industry on a global basis,
 including management and business skills development, workforce diversity, the
 development of breakthrough programming and the communication of the
 contributions of cable television and its leaders.  The Cable Center, which
 will open its permanent Denver home in 2002, is also dedicated to conserving
 and displaying the business, history, technology, programming and leaders of
 the cable industry, and to highlighting the industry's future role in the
 ongoing advances of telecommunications.
 
     About C-SPAN
     C-SPAN (www.c-span.org) was founded in 1979 by the cable television
 industry as a public service to the nation.  C-SPAN, a private, non-profit
 company, offers round-the-clock television coverage of the political process
 to more than 80 million U.S. homes subscribing to cable and satellite
 television, and globally via the Internet.  C-SPAN receives no government
 funding; its operations are funded by fees paid by affiliates for its
 programming.
 
     About the University of Denver
     The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky
 Mountain region, enrolls approximately 9,450 students in its undergraduate,
 graduate and professional programs.  Established in 1864, the University of
 Denver has a longstanding tradition of learner-centered higher education.
 
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    DENVER, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cable Center announced today that it
 has formed a partnership with the University of Denver (DU) and C-SPAN to
 create an innovative, television-based distance learning program at The Cable
 Center.  The project will link DU and eventually other students to Washington,
 D.C., for courses in political communication using C-SPAN programming.  The
 five-year pilot project is being underwritten by cable pioneer Amos B.
 Hostetter, Jr.
     As part of the project, Hostetter will fund a joint chair between The
 Cable Center and DU.  Dr. John Splaine, an award-winning professor who has
 taught at the University of Maryland's School of Education for 32 years, has
 been named as the first Hostetter Chair of Communication at the University of
 Denver and The Cable Center.  Dr. Splaine has also served as a programming and
 education consultant to C-SPAN for more than 12 years.
     "This innovative Cable Center project combines my interest in higher
 education with my continuing commitment to the fine work that Brian Lamb and
 his colleagues do at C-SPAN.  I'm also delighted to be associated again with
 my longtime friends John Splaine and Dan Ritchie, chancellor of the University
 of Denver," said Hostetter.
     During the project's first year, Dr. Splaine will develop and teach two
 accredited courses to DU students based at the Distance Learning Studio of The
 Cable Center, which is adjacent to the DU campus.  By conducting the course
 from Washington, D.C., Dr. Splaine will be able to invite elected officials,
 national journalists and policy experts as speakers.  He will have access to
 C-SPAN's on-location field cameras, as they cover unfolding events, and to
 C-SPAN's archives, which contain hundreds of thousands of hours of political
 programming.
     Connected by satellite and high-speed fiber lines, and using
 broadcast-quality cameras, Dr. Splaine and his students will have a two-way,
 live communication link.  Additionally, high-speed Internet access will allow
 students and Dr. Splaine to interact online during office hours and exchange
 course materials.
     In later years of the pilot, the partners hope to extend the courses to
 students on other campuses and to offer them globally via the Internet.
     The Cable Center, which opens its permanent Denver home to the public in
 2002, incorporates a cutting-edge distance learning laboratory that will be
 used by students in these courses.  C-SPAN plans to build an in-house teaching
 facility at its Washington, D.C., headquarters equipped with robotic cameras,
 DVD players, high-speed Internet connections, a fiber connection to Denver and
 other state-of-the art equipment for use in courses conducted at The Cable
 Center.  In future years, the public affairs cable network plans to offer this
 facility to other academics teaching courses using C-SPAN programming.
     "What makes this project different from other distance learning efforts is
 the unique assets brought by each of the partners," said C-SPAN CEO Brian
 Lamb.  "Amos is providing the seed money, DU is contributing the academic
 framework, The Cable Center's resources ensure broadcast-quality technology to
 the students and C-SPAN offers access to Washington unavailable to students
 elsewhere in the country."
     The courses in this pilot program will examine theories, assumptions, and
 philosophies about the use of television in political campaigns and the
 presidency.  The program begins during the winter quarter of 2002, with
 classes being available to University of Denver students during the spring
 quarter of 2002.
     "This is an extraordinary gift and partnership that will open new vistas
 for students and scholars at the University of Denver and around the world,"
 said Daniel L. Ritchie, chancellor of the University of Denver.
     "One of the primary goals of The Cable Center is to utilize advanced
 telecommunications technology to develop global education programs," said Jim
 O'Brien, president and CEO of The Cable Center.  "We consider this project an
 outstanding first step toward that goal."
     Other programs generated and implemented by The Cable Center include the
 Julian A. Brodsky Executive-In-Residence Program, which allows leaders in the
 telecommunications industry to interact with students and faculty of leading
 universities, the Summer Executive Management Program, and the Barry L.
 Babcock Endowed Municipal Partnerships and Cable Telecommunications Program,
 which establishes forums that bring cable operators together with municipal
 governments.
 
     About the Cable Center
     The mission of the Cable Center (www.cablecenter.org) is to develop and
 actively promote educational, training, and research programs to address
 issues facing the cable and telecommunications industry on a global basis,
 including management and business skills development, workforce diversity, the
 development of breakthrough programming and the communication of the
 contributions of cable television and its leaders.  The Cable Center, which
 will open its permanent Denver home in 2002, is also dedicated to conserving
 and displaying the business, history, technology, programming and leaders of
 the cable industry, and to highlighting the industry's future role in the
 ongoing advances of telecommunications.
 
     About C-SPAN
     C-SPAN (www.c-span.org) was founded in 1979 by the cable television
 industry as a public service to the nation.  C-SPAN, a private, non-profit
 company, offers round-the-clock television coverage of the political process
 to more than 80 million U.S. homes subscribing to cable and satellite
 television, and globally via the Internet.  C-SPAN receives no government
 funding; its operations are funded by fees paid by affiliates for its
 programming.
 
     About the University of Denver
     The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky
 Mountain region, enrolls approximately 9,450 students in its undergraduate,
 graduate and professional programs.  Established in 1864, the University of
 Denver has a longstanding tradition of learner-centered higher education.
 
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