AbstractVideo conferencing for use in education has included the development of expensive yetsophisticated technology capable of delivering quality instruction to multiple sites. Limitations arise fromusing a closed network and a factor such as cost to establish and operate the network with videocompression or satellite technology can potentially impact programming. An alternative to expensive andsite-restricted technologies is desktop video conferencing. This paper reviews the process that involvedselecting desktop video conferencing as the "next generation" distance learning technology. In addition,the paper discusses the creation of a multi-site desktop video conferencing network designed to servecentral Louisiana and provide an array of program possibilities including courses for credit, teachercertification, and training to participating sites.