ERIC Number: ED208843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Experimental University Course via Interactive Satellite: Some Findings and Implications.
Martin, Yvonne M.
In the fall of 1979 a third-year course in educational administration at the University of Victoria was presented via an interactive communication satellite called Anik B. Students enrolled in this first Canadian university satellite course for credit were 65 administrators and potential administrators of schools, and classes met in community colleges in five interactive centers falling within satellite range. Meetings were once a week for ten weeks in classrooms equipped with television monitors and telephones. Instructors retained responsibility for course structure and content, as well as for the organization and administration of this distance study program. An evaluation of the first and last session of the series assessed the pedagogical moves (verbal and nonverbal) of the instructor, and instructor attempts to create and maintain a sense of a single class among the students in the five locations. It was found that: (1) the system allowed instructors to approach the face-to-face setting closely although the technology did not allow much interpersonal communication; (2) the instructor brought to the experience cultural traditions and values from classroom teaching and television viewing; and (3) there was evidence of the instructor's domination of the lesson processes. (MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Distance Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual SIETAR Conference (7th, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 11-15, 1981).