ERIC Number: ED206267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Satellite-based Distance Education: Canadian Experiences.
Potter, Geoff D.
This report traces the successful evolution of Canada's experiments in satellite-based distance education, which provided the framework for Canada's most recent investment in 19 new exploratory projects in satellite communications, as well as a commitment to the accessibility of satellite-delivered television for any Canadian who wants it. The early Canadian experiments in satellite-based education are described, including the first project begun at the University of Quebec in 1976, and later programs at the University of Carleton in Ottawa, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the University of Victoria. Also discussed is the growing understanding among Canadian educators of the nature of satellite-based distance education; i.e., how it works, the demands it makes upon designers and instructors and students, the problems it can create and resolve, and the challenge it presents to conventional educational practices. Recommendations based on the findings of the initial Canadian experiments are offered which pertain to the preparation of students prior to an interactive session, effective use of discussion techniques, consideration of the number of students assigned to a center, and some ideas on what to expect with regard to distance students' attitudes towards interaction. (MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Distance Education
Note: Best copy available. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the SIETAR (7th, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 11-15, 1981).