NIC's live satellite/Internet broadcast series: a 20-year success story.

Author:Swisher, Steve
Position:NIC Update - National Institute of Corrections

The National Institute of Corrections has been offering distance learning since before such education platforms were even "cool." As a pioneer in distance learning in corrections, NIC launched live video broadcasts in 1991 with its first broadcast, Bridging the Gap Between Administration and Training. Since then, live video broadcasts have been a mainstay in NIC's effort to provide critical information and quality learning experiences to corrections professionals across all criminal justice arenas. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the broadcast series.

Keep Them Coming Back for More

Through 2011, NIC has designed, developed and delivered more than 113 broadcasts covering a full array of correctional topics. Recent broadcasts have included:

* Effectively Managing Aging and Geriatric Offenders;

* Essential Skills for Supervisors;

* Crisis Intervention Team: An Effective Response to Mental Illness in Corrections;

* Greening of Corrections: People, Programs and Practices;

* Reduce Costs, Lower Risks, Enhance Healthcare Services: The Promise of Effective Pharmaceutical Management;

* Thinking for a Change 3.0: Worth the Wait!;

* Performance Based Management System: What Really Counts in Corrections;

* Correctional Industries: A Working Solution; and

* Offender Employment Retention: Worth the Work!

Broadcast delivery typically falls into two categories: * Two-to-three-hour information sharing experiences focusing on critical and/or emerging topics challenging current and future correctional realities; and * Longer eight-to-16-hour training skill development experiences delivered over several days. These are often combined with offline, locally facilitated intersession learning activities to supplement the on-air experience.

To date, more than 500,000 viewers have benefited from participation in the broadcasts, and as new technologies emerge, the viewing audience continues to grow. Simultaneous webcast streaming alone now comprises more than 90 percent of each broadcast audience.

Good Design Is Good Design

In addition to satellite and Internet broadcasts, NIC offers self-paced, classroom-based, e-course and virtual instructor-led training. No matter the modality they use, students and participants consistently recognize NIC for its quality training delivery committed to learner-centered approaches that maximize results both in the classroom and in the workplace. NIC's focus for broadcast delivery is the same, using all the strengths of video...

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