ERIC Number: ED214565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Starting a Telecourse Program.
The development of new communications technology is likely to transform everyday life in the coming decades, and a central question for educators is whether and how such technologies can be used to advance the education of both the historically disenfranchised and of those who are already educated but desire or need more education. In an effort to meet the challenge of the video revolution, Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) launched a program in fall 1981 entitled "Telecollege," which offered 85 adults the opportunity to earn college credits through study at home. The possibility of the program was conceived by the Director of Learning Resources, who brought the potential uses of the new technology to the college's attention. Later, instructional television options were examined by an institutional task force and links were established with a local Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate, which was planning to offer four telecourses. The Assistant to the Academic Dean was charged with specific responsibilities related to offering these PBS courses for college credit, including establishing and maintaining communication with PBS affiliates, institutional administrators and faculty, and the telecourse administrator and making arrangements for facilities, texts, and mail-in registration. After outlining aspects of program development, this paper concludes by examining alternate modes of program evaluation and areas where telecourse instruction might be expanded. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Luzerne County Community College PA
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Two Year Colleges (Carlisle, PA, April 1-2, 1982).