ERIC Number: ED055407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Test Pattern; Instructional Television at Scarborough College, University of Toronto.
Lee, John A.
Scarborough College of the University of Toronto was the first North American college planned from its inception for television. Closed-circuit television was fully integrated into its physical fabric and academic program. Videotaped lectures, backed up by small group discussions, were to replace many live lectures. The plan was calculated not only to bring the best lecturers available to all students, but to save the taxpayers about one million dollars a year. The savings have not resulted; new questions of academic rights and copyright have been raised; and the value of television as a replacement medium is left in doubt. Among the reasons for the lack of success of this experiment were: insufficient enrollment for the program to be cost-effective, poor planning in many areas, increasing doubt about the lecture as a tool of education, and personal conflicts. Especially important was the failure of professors to realize that television made new demands on them; the y could not simply recite their lectures to a camera. Teachers' and students' attitudes towards the experiment are summarized. (JK)
Descriptors: Attention Span, Audiences, Closed Circuit Television, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students, Educational Attitudes, Educational Media, Educational Television, Instructional Innovation, Large Group Instruction, Professors, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Television, Television Teachers, Television Viewing
University of Toronto Press, 33 East Tupper Street, Buffalo, New York 14203 ($7.95)
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Authoring Institution: Toronto Univ. (Ontario).
Identifiers: Scarborough College (Canada); University of Toronto (Canada)