ERIC Number: ED217915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Telecourses: Using Broadcast Television, Cable Television, and Off-Campus Sites for Viewing.
The advantages and disadvantages of presenting telecourse video programs are discussed with respect to three basic delivery modes used by Austin Community College (ACC): broadcast television, cable television, and videotapes in libraries and other public facilities. First, background information is presented about Austin, the local availability of cable television, and ACC's experiences in offering telecourses. Next, instructional considerations used in the selection of telecourses at ACC are outlined, including the college's philosophy of applying the same standards and procedures to telecourse programs as to regular on-campus programs and faculty evaluation of programs and materials. Next, the impact of each of the three delivery systems on student enrollment is assessed, the relationship of viewing method to student age and course content is examined, and reasons students are more likely to view telecourses over broadcast television than cable television, and most likely to view programs in a library are suggested. Then, college and student costs for each type of delivery system are discussed. The viability of buying time on broadcast television is explored in relation to the size of the potential market; the potential for using cable television is related to numbers of households subscribing to the system; and the value of placing videocassettes at off-campus sites to increase enrollments is contrasted with the costs of cassette players, monitors, and tapes. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Austin Community College TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (62nd, St. Louis, MO, April 4-7, 1982).