ERIC Number: ED210085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Cable Television in the Community College.
Zoglin, Mary Lou
Rather than merely being a televised version of a classroom lecture, a true telecourse uses television to present information that is best conveyed visually and employs various methods (e.g., study guides, mailed assignments, special review sessions, and exams scheduled at community sites) to replace other classroom activities. Coastline Community College (CCC) provides such telecourses cooperatively with the Public Cable Television Authority and Dickinson Pacific Cablesystems. Though CCC enrolls 4,000 to 5,000 students per semester in its telecourses, enrollments have been restrained due to the unavailability of air time during prime hours. To remedy this, CCC has established a cable origination center at its administrative headquarters which will allow telecourses to originate from CCC, as well as provide more personal services (e.g., instructors can provide review sessions on cable and answer questions phoned in by students). Even with an origination center, several problem areas may inhibit cooperative ventures between cable companies and community colleges. First, the college needs to have a dedicated channel or channels to be certain that they will have channel time available consistently. Second, funding for telecourses in California is limited to those that are transferable to four-year institutions. Third, funds must be found for equipment. Finally, cable companies must provide interconnection, allowing subscribers from different companies access to college broadcasting. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Coastline Community College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Western Cable Association Conference on Cable and Education (Anaheim, CA, November 5-6, 1981).